Karen Lee Crenshaw, plein air artist

Karen Lee Crenshaw,  Seaside Cottage , 2015, oil on linen, 11” x 14”

Karen Lee Crenshaw, Seaside Cottage, 2015, oil on linen, 11” x 14”

Karen Lee Crenshaw is a North Carolina artist who paints plein air.  Her beautiful artworks are insights into a plein air artist's view of the world around us.  artGuide Magazine is excited to share her story and art with our readers.


Karen Lee Crenshaw, artist.  
708 Ireland Court Jacksonville, NC 28546. 910.353.8684. 910.228.7802. 

Inspired by the beautiful waterways of the coast, Karen Lee Crenshaw re-discovered a love of plein air painting in 2007.  “A sense of place.  That is the goal of my landscape paintings, for the viewer to ‘see’ what I am seeing and to feel that is a place they have been or would like to visit.  Plein air painting inspires me to capture the quality of the light that sets off that connection.” She has also painted from photographs that were taken before Hurricanes Bertha and Fran, records of a “vanishing landscape,” which contain scenes that may be changing as development encroaches. “It is a great source of enjoyment for me to hear people come into my studio and recognize, with nostalgia, where the paintings were made.” 

Karen Lee Crenshaw has lived in Jacksonville for the last sixteen years where she maintains Crenshaw Art Studio in her home in Jacksonville, NC and at ArtExposure, located in Hampstead, NC. (www.artexposure50.com).  In addition to painting award-winning landscapes Karen accepts commissioned portraits. Her  work is also available at Fine Art at Baxter’s, New Bern, (www.fineartatbaxters.com).  All About Art on Bald Head Island, (www.allaboutartbhi.com) and through her website: www.karenleecrenshaw.com