Karen Sokol

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Art as a concept actually uses both sides of the brain, and they are simultaneous and interchangeable . As a veterinarian and scientist for the last 30 years, I always felt that my path to success was to uncover the art of science, and, now, as an emerging visual artist, I have discovered that there is a science of art. Art and science are an expression of our human limitations of understanding the world in which we live and they are our feeble attempt at reaching beyond it toward the infinite. At the same time, they are a declaration of the creative self and the specific individual, but also have broader implications for solidifying the unity of life.

I have always had a keen sense of physical beauty but understood it, not as a matter of taste, but as a condition of harmony and symmetry of shape and color and their interaction. I never thought I could draw and always thought that drawing was merely an innate talent. I have come to realize that one can definitely learn the techniques of drawing, but, it is difficult to teach someone to have an eye for beauty. In retrospect, I realize that I have spent my life trying to reveal the beauty of our world from first understanding the science but also by branching out beyond it to appreciating its art form. I have immersed myself in these dualities in various aspects of my life—through understanding the horticulture of plants while landscaping the colors and textures of plants in the canvas of my backyard garden; gaining technical knowledge of house preservation and historical architecture through designing the aesthetic interior of our period home; ergonomically designing and writing the content of the website for our veterinary hospital while still simultaneously interweaving color palettes and images; and by analyzing the poetry of Dickinson and Poe to understand their literary cadences and humbly writing prose and rhyming poetry for my children and others for posterity. The duality of science and art has driven my current direction in my painting. They have allowed me to synthesize the technical aspects of the artist’s tools while simultaneously exemplifying the endless possibilities of the artist’s soul. Figurative art has been my muse and mainstay throughout my life—from collecting it for many decades to now indulging myself in drawing and painting the figure in its many forms. Drawing the human figure can never grow old….since it was created in the image of the Divine.

Artist Statement: “The Details vs. the Whole

Details can be a dreaded thought to the universalist but divinity lies in the details. My art is detail oriented but not by ignoring the whole. The details interact with the whole simultaneously, and true beauty is found in the ability to see the whole beyond the details and to see the details in the whole. Little things make big things happen. We are all derived from this unified whole, and our art is an expression of self, in all of its glorious detail, creating the ultimate masterpiece. My figurative paintings and drawings examine the intricacies of human and animal expression and emotion often framed in their relationship with the other that not only highlight the particulars of an individual, but also, how he/she fits into the world at large. They are the outcome of a marriage of my profession and my art—veterinary medicine and figurative painting. They are the figurative expression of the beauty of human relationships through the focus on the human: animal bond.

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