Photoshoots in the Bedroom

My bedroom, and more specifically my bed, has always been an important physical and psychological space. It’s interesting to note that the women in my paintings are not in their own bedrooms, but are actually posed in my bed. The rooms in my paintings do not exist but are fantasies of rooms that function as metaphors for an interior life. I design compositions by collaging different source materials together to create many combinations of bedrooms that hold objects that are significant to me or are part of a larger narrative.

 photoshoot 1e

I’ve rigged up a system above my bed that allows me to photograph my friends who model for me. My camera is zip-tied to a 8ft strip of pine. While standing on a ladder, I slide the camera to me and press the shutter. The camera is set up on a timer, which gives me 10 secs to position the frame perfectly above the model. The camera takes 10 photographs each time I press the shutter. At least 2,000 photographs are taken during each photoshoot. A single painting may use up to 50 photographs for reference. 



The Start of Techno Diamonds

I just finished drawing out my next painting! Here’s a detail of one of the patterns. Stay tuned!

Techno Diamonds for Blog 2


Afghan Blanket Heaven

As a person without a car, I rarely have the opportunity to take advantage of the thrift stores around me.
On the way home from my residency at the Georgia College Museum, I held onto my rental car for an extra day to explore every (literally EVERY) thrift store on the way. After 10 hours and 20+ stores, I picked up these amazing blankets, sheets, and tapestries!


Solo exhibition at the Georgia College Museum

On view: October 2 – December 13, 2013

“Karen Ann Myers’ paintings explore the challenges of contemporary femininity by presenting slender and youthful beauties lounging about in well-decorated bedrooms.” said exhibition curator Shannon Morris. “Their idealism is enforced by her beautiful and precise rendering style that allows the viewer to peer into the dream-like worlds of these subjects, whose bodies are perfectly posed within physical spaces that are designed by the artist’s imagination. Reinforcing the idea of perfection and its demands upon young females, the subjects’ bedrooms are appropriately embellished with carefully curated patterns, complimentary colors and minimal furnishings.” 


Timecards for Striped Diamonds II

I love tracking my hours for each painting with my new time recorder. Below are the time sheets for Striped Diamonds II, which took 235 hours to paint!

Karen Ann Myers