Karen McLain is a third generation Arizona native. Growing up in Arizona, she developed a deep appreciation for the outdoors, and for the rural and ranching lifestyle. Karen graduated from Arizona State University with a B.A. in Studio Art. She went on to pursue more traditional and realistic styles, and to create a style of her own. A number of commissioned works are accepted from collectors. The rest of the time, Karen can be found drawing or painting en plein air. These landscapes and life studies of wild horses are then developed into larger works in her studio.

McLain states,”Painting from life not only reveals natures beauty first hand, it also challenges me to focus and see clearly the light, form and wonderful color present.” Time spent in the saddle, and painting en plein air, results in an outlook that McLain describes as, “Drawn from life, and inspired by life”, which is reflected in her work. See Karen’s “studio tour” HERE

SW Art Mag Aug 2014



The August 2014 edition of Southwest Art
featured Karen McLain as one of their “Artists of Note”



Below: A News 12 Phoenix special report on Karen MCLain



The 2012 Spring issue of Horses in Art magazine features my article, “A Wild Horse Painting AdvHorses Art2enture”. The article is about my trip to paint wild horses from life at the Sand Wash Basin in Northwest Colorado. It also explains the process I go through when painting. It is an honor for me to be included in this issue and have the opportunity to share my experience with those that love horses and art.