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Karin Jacobs, Painter of Animals

Karin Jacobs is a representational oil painter specializing in animals both real and ‘not real’. Her latest series is inspired by the Hartland horse and rider toys of the 1950s and ’60s. These toy horse paintings arose out of a lifelong love of horses as well as a fascination with the iconography of the American west.

karin-jacobs-imageKarin says: “I’ve been painting in oils for about six years and I love the medium because with a modest palette of colors and a blank canvas you can create anything. In the toy horse series my challenge has been to capture the shine and plastic quality of the figures while trying to keep a certain painterly quality.”

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Karin Jacobs, the artist

“When I look at paintings I produced at the beginning of the mentor program and compare them to those I’m doing now, one of the biggest things I notice is how hesitant I was to lay the paint on. My mentor, Michele Combs, has definitely encouraged me to be more confident with paint. I returned to art six years ago after a 25 year hiatus and couldn’t be happier. I’m so grateful to have had the mentor program give me the tools to move forward as a working artist.”