Karen Bell

Karen Bell, Photographer

Karen has been photographing and creating images of the world for over twenty years. Graduating with a B.A. in English & psychology from Carleton University, Karen continued her education at Algonquin College graduating with Honours from the Photographic Arts program. Her education is on-going having taken both watercolour and pottery classes while living in Florida at the Crealdé School of Art, and more recently taking classes exploring photography in glass and mixed media.

Starting her career working at Valberg Imaging, Karen was also the project manager and photography assistant for Michelle Valberg’s photobook Dare to Dream; A Celebration of Canadian Women and now focuses her energy on creating Fine Art. Karen owns Belle Images & Design and is a juried member of the Kanata Civic Art Gallery, as well as being a member of CAPIC and the West Carleton Arts Society.

Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Karen has lived in Canada, Mexico & the USA and has traveled to many parts of Europe, North America, Russia, Australia & Hong Kong. She now resides in Ottawa, but spends as much time as possible in the Muskoka area of Ontario. She loves to travel and is always ready to go where the light brings her capturing natural and urban landscapes along the way. Movement is a strong theme in much of Karen’s current work. Working with the camera and ‘created’ movement (ICM, Intentional Camera Movement) or using technical camera understanding, Karen’s images capture the colours and movement in a world that rarely slows down.

Artist Statement:
Photographing the world makes me feel connected: to the earth, to people and experiences, past and present. There is a creative feeling I get while exploring a location and working in the digital darkroom, and that feeling helps me focus and form an image stemming from my inner vision. After spending much of my life in the out-of-doors, I understand that it is the natural world that draws and inspires me the most. Whether I am traveling near or far, I love capturing and crafting images that evoke emotion, awaken energy and calls to the spirit within
us all.

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