Karen Yee was born into an artistic environment and has always expressed
her creativity in different forms, but her foray into the fine arts
world came after a cataclysmic event dealing with and surviving cancer
in 2003. This was the impetus that propelled her to explore her long
held desire to paint. With rapid momentum, her paintings have evolved
and gained recognition and acclaim in the local art scene. She has won
many awards at juried exhibitions and continues to advance in her art.
Ms. Yee lives in El Segundo with her husband and two daughters. She is a
member of the International Guild of Realism, the National Oil and
Acrylic Painters' Society, the El Segundo Art Association, a signature
member of The International Society of Acrylic Painters, an associate
artist member of the California Art Club, and a board member for the
Torrance Artists' Guild.
“Art is magic. When I look at art, I see something ephemeral that has
been captured, a moment in time frozen forever. Sort of like the feeling
when you put out your finger, and a butterfly lights on it for just a
moment. You ask yourself, “Did that really happen?” And you are filled
with a sense of childlike wonder. I always look at art with that same
awe and amazement and ask myself, “How did they do that?” To tell the
truth, sometimes after I finish a painting, I ask myself the same thing.
To be able to capture something fleeting, something recognizable to
ourselves and others, something in common we all share. To have other
people look at my work and recognize something of themselves in it, that
is truly satisfying.
In my art I try to reinforce the idea that we all see the same things,
feel the same, share the same world. And with my art I am forever trying
to move forward – to improve upon my technique. I am compelled to
discover what more I am capable of creating; what painting is right
around the next corner.”