Biography

I think of my work
as an homage to the
endless ability of
the environment to
create its own
arresting art forms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over the course of her career, KAREN JORDAN has developed an original approach to the photographic medium as an art form. Her dramatic, abstract – yet unmanipulated and uncropped - large-scale landscapes sometime appear to have been painted, rather than photographed. She frequently finds inspiration for her work from being near or on water, and many of her images reflect her nautical bent.

KAREN grew up in West Virginia where she won her first photo competition when she was 8-years-old. She studied photography and digital imaging at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, D.C., holds a degree from the University of Illinois and attended Columbia University’s graduate Program in the Arts. Before committing to her passion for photography full-time, she worked at NBC-TV News in New York, was a press secretary to a congressman on Capitol Hill and handled shareholder relations for a major corporation in Washington, D.C.

She has exhibited her art in solo and group shows in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Florida, Connecticut, Michigan, Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. In juried competition she has received jurors' awards for her documentary portraits in black-and-white, her color landscapes and her digitally manipulated images. She has been a guest lecturer at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, DC, and has juried collegiate photography competition. She exhibited her largest scale (6 ft. x 4 ft.) images in "Architectural and Design Photography: The Art of Imaging" show at the Washington Design Center in a 5 1/2-month run.

Other recent exhibitions and awards include the Washington Print Club's 50th Anniversary Biennial Exhibition, Washington,DC; Alden B. Dow Museum of  Science and Art, Midland, MI; Federal Reserve Board, Washington, DC; Faber Birren National Color Award Show, Stamford, CT; Center for Modern Psychoanalysis show, New York, NY; and  5-time Nominee Award recipient in the International Color Awards Master Cup. Her work is included in a number of important corporate and private collections in Washington, DC, New York, Arizona, Florida, Maryland, Virginia, California and elsewhere.