Karon Leigh is an artist who explores a variety of mediums to resolve an art-making vision. Her paintings on canvas are often inspired by the landscape and weather of Arizona. Although the results are often recognizable images, she is not a representational artist, rather following the path of the abstract expressionist painters, those who attacked their canvases with a vigorous gestural expressionism, an art grounded in personal experience.

“My artwork is a visual interpretation of my experience in the world. I am interested in how our surroundings affect us and am inspired by and drawn to landscapes; influenced by weather, light, time of day or season, historical and geological time and history. Each work evolves intuitively rising out of the moment often dictated by the painting itself. My paintings, and specifically the landscapes, are my way of sharing my gratitude and appreciation of our natural environment and hope that they send a message and reminder to others to care for our planet. The finished work invites the viewer to experience a moment in time, a memory, a dream or a place long forgotten. ” – Karon Leigh

Karon grew up with a full 64 box of Crayola crayons but never satisfied, studied almost every art form she could get her hands on. Kind of a loner and not much of a joiner, she found that art classes not only fueled her passion but kept her out of trouble in her youth.  No matter where or how she lived throughout her adult life, she found a time and a place for art making.  She grew up in Ann Arbor and then split her time between the California Bay area and Michigan.  She eventually landed in Southern Arizona where the wide open spaces, mountains and desert beauty inspire her work. If asked why she makes art, the definitive answer is always, “because I have to.”

She has studied art at California College of Arts & Crafts, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the Kirkland Art Center as well as with numerous professional artists, (Paula Roland, Ron Pokrasso, Robert Burridge).  A “get a real job” detour resulted in a degree in Computer Science and later certification in Multi-Media Website Design, and in 2017, she earned an M. S. in  Integrated Marketing Communications.

Visit Karon at her new art studio in Jerome, AZ.

Exhibitions

2017:

“Monsoon” – a solo exhibit of paintings inspired by the Southern Arizona monsoons – Lowe House, Tubac, AZ

“19” – a Regional Juried exhibit at Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac, AZ

“Members’ Open Exhibit” – Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac, AZ

“Bridging the Borders” – Museo de Arte, Nogales, Sonora, MX

“All Art Arizona 2017!” – Art Intersection Gallery – Gilbert, AZ

“Oh the Places You’ll Go” – College of Public Service & Community Solutions, Arizona State Univ., Phoenix, AZ

2016:

“Earth, Sea, and Sky” – College of Public Service & Community Solutions, Arizona State Univ., Phoenix, AZ

“Wish You Were Here” – Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac, AZ

“All Art Arizona 2016!” – Art Intersection Gallery – Gilbert, AZ

2015:

“Small Works” – Group exhibit of small paintings by 3 women artists.

“Borders” – Bruce Baughman Studio Gallery, Tubac, AZ

“36 x 24 x 36” – Group exhibit of monotype printmaking by 3 women artists.

“Sacred” – Bruce Baughman Studio Gallery, Tubac, AZ

“Prints In The Raw” – Group exhibit of monotype printmaking by 3 women artists. 

2014:

“Arizona Aqueous XXIV” – Tubac Center of the Arts

“Members Juried Exhibit” – Tubac Center of the Arts

“Members’ Open Exhibit” – Tubac Center of the Arts

2013:

“Arizona Aqueous XXVIII” – Tubac Center of the Arts

“Members Juried Exhibit” – Tubac Center of the Arts

“Members’ Open Exhibit” – Tubac Center of the Arts

2012:

“Arizona Aqueous XXVII” – Tubac Center of the Arts

“Members Juried Exhibit” – Tubac Center of the Arts

“Members’ Open Exhibit” – Tubac Center of the Arts

2011:

“Members’ Juried Exhibit” – Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac, AZ

“Working WIth Paper” – Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac, AZ

Encaustic Invitational Exhibition – Encaustic Art Institute, Johnson’s of Madrid, Madrid, NM

“Playing With Fire”, Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac, AZ

2010:

“Dreamscapes”, Tucson International Airport, Lower Gallery, Tucson AZ

“Luminous Layers: Exploring Contemporary Encaustic”, Lake Oswego, OR

“Exploring the Triptych” IEA Members Juried Show, Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE

“Members Open” – Tubac Center for the Arts

“Celebrate the Arts” San Pedro River Arts Juried Exhibition

“Eva Briggs Abstract Show” – Santa Rita Art League, Green Valley, AZ

“Art From the Heart” – Encaustic Art Institute, Cerrillos, NM

“Fragments” – Contemporary Artists of Southern Arizona members juried exhibition.

“Four Seasons” Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Works by Women Artists,

– University of Arizona, F.A.C.E., Tucson, AZ

2009:

“Canyons of the Southwest” – Tohono Chul Gallery, Tucson AZ

Ventana Medical Systems Gallery, Oro Valley, AZ

Solo Exhibition – City of Benson, City Hall Chambers

Myers Café II, Marysville, WA

Local Color, Seattle, WA

Tucson Encaustic Artists – Jewish Community Center, Tucson, AZ

Tucson Encaustic Artists – Details Art & Design, Tucson, AZ

2008:

Breast of the Northwest – Lowell Art Works, Everett, WA

Local Color, Seattle, WA

Uncle Elizabeth’s Internet Café – Seattle, WA June

Arts Council of Snohomish County – Gallery/Store – Seattle, WA

Solo Show, Snohomish Bakery, Snohomish, WA

2007:

Baas Gallery, Seattle, WA

Breast of the Northwest, Lowell Art Works, Everett, WA

Edmonds Art Walk, – Edmonds, WA

“Unconscious Landscapes” – Solo Exhibit, Lowell Art Works, Everett, WA

“Melted: 3 Views in Encaustic” Arts of Snohomish Gallery, Snohomish, WA

2006:

Edmonds Art Walk, – Edmonds, WA

“Impressed” Printmaking Show, Arts Council of Snohomish County, Everett, WA

Kirkland Arts Center, “The Art of the Print”, Kirkland, WA

2005:

Kirkland Arts Center, Members Exhibit, Kirkland, WA

Kirkland Arts Center Holiday Show, Kirkland, WA

Sister’s Restaurant Holiday Show, Everett, WA

Awards:

2011 Tubac Center of the Arts – Master’s Mead Award (People’s Choice)

2010 Contemporary Artists of Southern Arizona: “Fragments” – 1st Place

2008 Art Merchant International Arty Gras – 2nd Place – Mixed Media