KEABLE, Karen Sarah Johnston

1966 - ?

Karen Keable

As Karen Sarah Johnston, she was born at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk on 12 May 1966, daughter of Roger Johnston and his wife Rita née Allen and the granddaughter of Guernsey artist Louis Le Ray. Educated at Great Yarmouth Grammar School and as an adult she travelled the world living in Singapore, Bangkok, Australia and Norway during which time she developed a love of drawing and painting, undertaking portrait commissions and running art classes. On her return to Britain she studied at Grays School of Art at Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland which helped to naturally develop her own distinctive style. Karen married at Great Yarmouth in 1987, Kevin Bryant Patrick Keable and in 1999 moved to Southwold seafront where she realised her natural ability to capture the sea in her paintings. She paints everyday, usually in her studio and mainly in acrylic on canvas but experiments in other media. Her paintings are in private collections in Britain, Europe, Malaysia and America, including two paintings held in the House of Lords Art Collection. She exhibits at the Southwold Gallery, Southwold; Thompson’s Gallery, Aldeburgh; Hunter Gallery, Long Melford and Chrome Gallery, Norwich. Her exhibitions including solo shows ‘Quintessential Suffolk’ at Southwold Town Hall, and the House of Lords, London ‘Best of Britain’ Exhibition both 2004; Mall Galleries, London 2006, 2008 and 2010; Peter Hedley Gallery, Dorset 2007; Art in the Park, Croxton Park 2010 and Roger Hickman's, Norwich 2014. From 1998 she had kept a guest house on North Parade, Southwold and Karen and her husband were directors of Southwold Gallery, formerly the Garden Gallery owned by Mary Gundry [q.v.]. She later kept a guest house The White House, Intwood, near Norwich and later moved to Bracon LOdge, Bracon Ash, Norwich.

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