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Sonoma, California 95476

707-280-4494

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By Karen Makoff


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Biographical Information about Karen Makoff:

Karen Makoff grew up in Southern California and went to Cornell University where she enjoyed her first semester as a Fine Arts major before abandoning art for a liberal arts degree.? After graduating from Cornell she pursued a master?s at Stanford before entering Southern California Institute of Architecture for a second Master?s, this time in Architecture.? Her love of drawing instigated this pursuit and she enjoyed the creative activities of this avant garde architectural education.? She worked for many years designing homes including providing consultations sometimes solely on color selection and materials choices.? Whereas Karen enjoys the sometimes intense personal connections involved with helping people to create a home environment, she missed the personal exploration involved in creating her own art.? In 204 she moved into her own art studio and began the process of seeing what would emerge from her mind and her hands.

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She found herself drawn to the subject of the human form and emotion.? Her subjects are simple yet complex.? Typically there are no props and no clothing, just a human form which through its positioning and body language expresses a depth of emotion.? Working on her own art has been an intensely moving experience for Karen and after years of designing homes for other people, she feels through art she has finally found her home.

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Karen continues to live and work in Southern California with her husband and three children.? In addition to drawing and painting she designs and makes jewelry.

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