Born in Schenectady, New York, Karen Woodin was encouraged to draw in her childhood and was taught by her mother, Joan Johnson, a professional artist and art teacher. Her family lived in a quaint village in Altamont, NY with the surrounding escarpment of the Helderberg Mountains. After high school, Woodin began her art studies at Russell Sage College. She then continued on and earned two Masters Degrees in Education - one at the University of Albany and the second at the College of Saint Rose. After 20 years of teaching, she began freelancing, establishing herself as an oil landscape artist. This shift from teaching to developing her artistic talent brought about her mastery in painting oil landscapes.
In 2010, Woodin enrolled in her first oil painting class at the Art Center in Troy with Deborah Bayly. The next seven years, she was trained by the nationally recognized master oil landscape artist Audrey Romano of Halfmoon, NY at the Misty Morning Studio. Woodin subsequently began experiencing success in competitions and shows, developing a following of invitations to art exhibitions and art galleries. Her love of the water and familiarity with the Mohawk-Hudson river and costal waterscapes triggered a subsequent exploration of those subjects for many of her paintings.
Along The Towpath