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I'm a multi disciplinary artist based on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. Pencil is my primary tool, which I use to create intricate drawings full of texture and detail.

I also work in charcoal, pastel and colour pencil. I'm currently experimenting with watercolours and oils. The human figure, fabric and the ocean are some of my favourite subjects. I like to encourage the viewer to take a closer look at the everyday with detailed drawings of an otherwise mundane slab of concrete, or close cropping of faces.

I also work with hard stone. My small sculptures and jewellery are crafted from stone I have found, collected or traded when I travel, and from home where I collect stone from the local beaches. I carve jade, sodalite, argillite (my favourite), beach pebbles, greywacke and many more. I studied hard stone carving at the Tai Poutini Polytechnic in Greymouth, NZ. That was around 2001 and I've been carving ever since.

To see my most up to date work and process you can find me on Instagram here

Karyn drawing a seascape
Karen Roberts Artist
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