Karen Sako is an award winning mixed media artist, graphic designer, and art instructor with a BFA in Visual Communications from The Illinois Institute of Art. She enthusiastically tackles life with an optimistic outlook and continually invests her time, trade secrets and findings with her students at Mainstreet Art Center in Lake Zurich, IL. Her goal is to ignite the next generation of pioneering creative visionaries and thinkers. Karen’s unique artwork hangs in private collections around the world. She is a member of the Midwest Collage Society.

Fusing traditional art principles with exploratory techniques and materials I tackle the unexplored foot paths of contemporary artwork. This instinctual process allows me to create a unique connection with each work of art expressing a glimpse into the complex layers of experience and emotion that lay the framework of my life. Creating complex transparent layers with cold wax medium and collage I can achieve a depth in my work allowing elements to push and pull the viewer by using soulful marks and energetic colors that direct my imagination into existence.

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