Karen Safer is a photographic digital artist, writer, and poet with a musical bent. As a native Angelino, she was given a camera and crayons at 3 and exposed to dominant California motifs: light, palm trees, the ocean, music, and vernacular architecture that helped define and influence her left-handed aesthetic. Fortunate to begin a life of travel as a pre-teen, shaped her love of the exotic paired with an eye for the formal, accidental and unusual and the “beautiful” that jiggled the lens/frame of her eye; subsequently, she has traveled and photographed in over 230 countries (and territories).
She received a master’s degree in art while studying at CSULB and UCLA. Her career includes design and architecture firms; she is the principal of ArtFocus International. Initially, she began painting and printmaking alongside the study of art and architectural history before wholly embracing photography with influences from Mesopotamia to Vermeer/Matisse to Atget to Cindy Sherman. She has been n 8 solo shows in numerous juried and group national and international exhibits, and private collections have received awards, and is a member of several art organizations. She is a self-described “romantic soul” with intellectual cravings, currently residing in Playa del Rey, CA.
A photographer has the whole world – big or small – to capture.