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Featured Artist: Karen Brungardt, D.O.

Each month a new local artist is given the opportunity to feature work in Oro Valley Council Chambers. If you are a local artist or you know of a local artist that would like to be featured in the Council Chambers, please call 520-229-4700. If you would like to view the featured art, please schedule an appointment with Economic Development Specialist Margie Adler at 520-229-4758 or madler@orovalleyaz.gov.. Click here for an archive of featured artists.

Karen was quite the doodler as a child but didn’t take her first art course until her senior year of high school.  She then majored in Art in college but that didn’t get her any jobs.  So she became a secretary, then a field claims adjustor in Kansas City but ultimately decided that medicine was her area.  She graduated medical school in1985 and went into private practice in Torrington, Wyoming.

June 8, 2017

Karen was quite the doodler as a child but didn’t take her first art course until her senior year of high school.  She then majored in Art in college but that didn’t get her any jobs.  So she became a secretary, then a field claims adjustor in Kansas City but ultimately decided that medicine was her area.  She graduated medical school in1985 and went into private practice in Torrington, Wyoming.

She was in a full Family Practice for 15 years until her retirement on September 1, 2001, necessitated by health issues.  She delivered babies, covered the emergency room, hospital patients, and nursing home besides a very busy daily clinic practice.

Karen was the Emergency Medical Director for the ambulance services for four towns in Wyoming and received the Ambulance Director of the Year Award in 1999.  She taught yearly at the EMT annual convention plus she taught medical students one-on-one in her private practice.  She also presented lectures at the local community college and helped annually with Career Day for high school students.

In the late 1980’s, she signed up for watercolor courses at the local community college from Keith Dennis and continues to take courses to improve her skills. She attends workshops from internationally known artists, such as Jean Haines, Frank Francese, and Carl Dalio and also takes classes in Saddlebrooke from Jerry Becker, Terry Leach, Barry Sapp, Sandy Walker and others.   Karen also teaches Beginner Watercolor classes through the Saddlebrooke Fine Arts Guild in Saddlebrooke.

Karen is a Signature member of the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild (SAWG) and a member of the Western Federation Watercolor Guild.  Karen also paints oil paintings on bird feathers for variety in her art life.  She is an Award winning Artist, with awards from the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild and also the Saddlebrooke Fine Arts Guild for many of her paintings.

Karen loves watercolor media as it is very versatile and offers unexpected effects while painting, which watercolor artists call “happy accidents”.  She loves the transparency of the medium and the ability to suggest the subject matter with color and shapes, paint a whimsical scene or to go more realistic with it.  Being a woman who loves variety in her life, watercolor is the magic medium in which to paint, because it offers the ability to be so versatile.  She has a developed a way to make a watercolor painting into a 3D effect, by reassembling paintings into layers to produce the 3D look.

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