Artist Portfolio

Karen Fitzgerald

Album: Recent gilded work 1/8

View Image Details Some Light

Some Light
oil paint with Venetian plaster and mica on yupo paper, bound with a 23k gold ring. 14.5"x14.5", $900.


Light has ineffable qualities. It can be a particle; it can be a wave. It can be these things simultaneously. Light makes our world visible. Yet, it also possesses it's own consciousness. It is playful. Sometimes, it is lonely. This painting was made amid the Covid19 pandemic, March, 2020.

View Image Details The Going Away Mountain

The Going Away Mountain
Oil paint with Venetian plaster, mica, and 22k Moon gold on yupo. 30"x30", $2,400.


Created in 2020, this painting invokes a journey, one you define and undertake. Metaphor plays an important role in my visual forms. The visceral quality of the paint, and the particularity that the space evokes are meant to not only conjure a space, but to transform your thoughts about physical space. Think, metaphysical.

View Image Details Phantom Light

Phantom Light
Oil paint with Venetian plaster, mica, on yupo paper, ringed with 12k gold. 21"x 21", $1,500.


We know light often plays tricks on our eyes. It shimmers and dances. Sometimes it illuminates phantoms that lurk within our dreams. These are playful, too.

View Image Details The Little Everywhere

The Little Everywhere
Oil paint with Venetian plaster on yupo paper, framed with 23k gold. $1,750. 2020, 20"X20".


Where is Everywhere? As all things in our world, everywhere has its own consciousness. It may reach across desert sands to a beach, or from a prairie to an aqua lagoon. Once Everywhere was little; it was young.

View Image Details The Kingdom of the Yellow Wind

The Kingdom of the Yellow Wind
The Kingdom of the Yellow Wind, 15" diameter, oil with 23k gold on panel, $3,800.


If you had one kingdom to live in, which would you choose? I would live with the yellow wind, who is fearless, compassionate, and friendly.

View Image Details The Shy Moon

The Shy Moon
The Shy Moon, 42" diameter, oil with 23k gold and palladium on panel. NFS


The full moon often seems so confident, so self-assured. But I have seen her when she is shy, when she doesn't want to imagine the next time she will be asked to speak.

View Image Details Watching the Sky,

Watching the Sky,
Watching the Sky, 15" diameter, oil with 23k gold on panel, $3,800.


Clouds track across the sky every day. They summarize, and demonstrate to our senses the roil we live within. The tumult is ongoing, a delight to behold.

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Ancient Wind
Ancient Wind, 48" diameter, oil with 23k gold on panel, $13,500.


Long ago, the wind, and water were best friends. They lived closely, together. They knew each other's thoughts.

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Album Description
These works utilize gilding of precious metals such as 23k gold. I'm using precious materials to suggest an other-worldliness, and to invoke the meta-physicality of our world. The oil paintings are created on round panels as well as on papers using layers of thin, luminous paint.