Local Plein Air Painter

Karen Fletcher

Karen Fletcher is a local painter working in acrylic, oil and gouache. A bit of a world traveler, she was born in Hawaii, lived in the West growing up then throughout the US and Germany before settling in the Colorado Rockies.

Karen works to capture the sense of a place, the spirit and personality of an animal, the beauty of light and shadow. She spends time with sketches and small studies before painting her larger works. Karen incorporates a variety of techniques, from alla prima (painting all in one session) to layering and glazing, depending on what the subject calls for.

Karen’s choice of subjects is influenced by active pursuits in the Rocky Mountains and Utah deserts, her childhood love of horses, and growing up as a rural farm kid. Although she started out as a studio painter, Karen has embraced plein air (painting outside) painting in order to better understand and convey the true beauty and subtlety in nature.

Karen will be showing work in the Open Division of the 2023 Crested Butte Plein Air Invitational in August 2023. Although it’s down the road a piece, Karen looks forward to creating work for her August 2024 solo show at Cozens Ranch Museum in Winter Park, CO.

More at:

401 Fireworks

brown with copper accents

Sun Peaks Through

Shades of Blue

Painting the beauty of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming

Juried Exhibitions:

Karen had work juried into the 2023 As Fresh As Springtime Exhibit and Sale at Framed Image Gallery in Denver, CO, as well as the 2022 New Frontiers Art Show & Sale, Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum in Cheyenne, WY. Karen will also have upcoming work in the 2023 New Frontier Show in Cheyenne, WY.


Karen was awarded First Place-Acrylic in the 2022 Rocky Mountain Region Veterans Creative Arts Festival in Aurora, CO. She also received a Seventh Place in the Painting/Other Media category of the Primary Colors Online Art Exhibition, hosted by Light Space & Time Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.


Currently enrolled in Scott Christensen’s Adventure of Painting course, Karen continues to pursue excellence in her craft. She will also be attending Tim Deibler’s Plein Air Workshop in September.