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Living Arts Studio Featuring Artwork by Kathleen Karlsen

Universal Light Symbolic Art

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Symbolic art has always been the core of Kathleen Karlsen’s creative efforts. In the last decade she has had over 70 exhibits of her colorful, visionary art. Her work is in private collections in over 20 states and 4 countries.

Kathleen’s original art and prints have been donated to non-profit organizations including Habitat for Humanity, the Montana Ballet Company, the Bozeman Food Bank, the Montana Celiac Society and Middle Creek Montessori. 

Kathleen Karlsen: “My primary goal is to emphasize the exhilaration of being alive expressed in exuberant color. I want to share the beauty of nature and imagination as a source of rejuvenation for the viewer.” 

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Universal Fire Symbolic Art

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A Creative Artist's Journey from Flowers to the Universe

Take a journey in three and a half minutes down a creative path that took me three decades to traverse! Learn why I shifted from painting portraits to flowers to galaxies, suns and moons.

Why does Kathleen think there is spiritual significance in universe art? What techniques does she use for painting expansive canvases and fluid forms? An illustrated quick tour of the inner world of an artist’s creative expression.

Learn more about the symbolism in Kathleen’s art in our articles and resources under Symbolic Art. Other resources include more videos on Kathleen’s YouTube channel. Subscribe for new videos every week! 

Symbolic Art Featuring Florals and Sacred Symbols

Inspired by both imagination and science, Kathleen works in multiple styles to create her visionary art. The first style uses thick paint and is highly-textured and dimensional. This style works well for flower art and landscapes. Kathleen’s second style is highly fluid, layered paint depicting the universe, the five elements and other modern themes. 

Other artists associated with Living Arts Studio include Rose Karlsen and Sammy Ater. These talented illustrators work under Kathleen’s direction to depict diverse topics including symbols of the chakras, yantras, essential oil plants, sacred symbols, and the deities of East and West. These commissioned drawings are colorized and modified as needed by Kathleen to be used as infographics, fine art gifts, prints and posters.  

Rose Karlsen Artist Living Arts Studio
Rose Karlsen

The Power of Symbolic Art

The mysteries of symbolic art are incredible: the power of visual images, the positive impact of color and form, the amazing patterns in nature, and the mystical truths in geometry. Inspired by both imagination and science, Kathleen’s artwork is designed to create an energizing, spontaneous and invigorating experience for the viewer. Subscribe in the footer below to be notified as new resources are published in these areas. 

Symbolic Artwork with Kathleen Karlsen

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A Walk in the Forest by Kathleen Karlsen

Kathleen Karlsen: “I hope that the intensity of my artistic efforts will be captured on canvas and will energize someone’s home, office or business with feelings of joy and transformation. I love the excitement and chaos of every new creative experiment!” 

Artwork in Kathleen Karlsen's Art Studio

Resources to Explore

Ocean Paintings & Symbols

Ocean paintings symbolize the source of life and  abundance that dwells in the ocean. The ocean is constantly changing, symbolizing limitless possibilities. More about ocean symbolism.

Symbolic Flowers in Art

Flower symbolism crosses all cultural and historic boundaries. Includes fascinating facts about flower symbolism in art and history. Learn more about symbolic flowers.

Origin of Sacred Geometry

From the simplest atoms to the largest galaxies, geometry determines the structure and function of the universe. This is perhaps most evident in the philosophy of the Greeks. More on geometry.

Architectural Psychology

Combining architecture and design psychology creates spaces that improve lives on multiple levels. Design psychology includes feng shui, proxemics and more. 

The Color Music Connection

Explore the fascinating connections between color and music. Includes synesthesia, the history of multimedia, the psychological impact of color music in health and more.

Yantra Meaning

Yantras are geometric forms similar to mandalas that have been in use for thousands of years. Learn how to use yantras for meditation and mantra practice.

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