Radical Impressionist: A Mathematician Paints

Karen Halbert, a Mathematician and Artist, transforms the beauty and patterns she sees in the numerical universe into the natural world of her paintings. Dynamic symmetry contributes to the underlying harmony of her pictures. Halbert spent her childhood in the American west and, following in the footsteps of many artists, returned to her roots to capture on canvas the special quality of the Southwest. Though it is in Santa Fe that Karen has found her true home, she can be seen painting en plein-air in the fields throughout New Mexico as well as in locations such as the Grand Canyon, the Pacific coast of California and the beaches of Hawaii. In her studio, Halbert uses sketches and photographs from her plein-air work to create images full of the emotions she feels while working out-of-doors.

She works primarily in oil.

Plans for 2023:
  • Nov 4. 1-day Pop-up Workshop on Armatures at the Bluebird Studio in Santa Febr/>
  • June 24. Las Campanas Community Fund Art Show
  • June 30 - Aug 1. 1-Person show at the Fuller Lodge Art Center in Los Alamos, NM. Radical Impressionism: A Mathematician Paints.
  • July 27 - Aug 10: Paint Out and Show in Los Alamos with the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico. Fuller Lodge Art Center in Los Alamos.
  • Labor Day Weekend. Las Campanas Studio Tour

    Karen is active in the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, serving as volunteer Webmaster for many years (www.papnm.org).

    She is indebted to mentors Albert Handell, Bill Gallen, Doug Higgins, Roger Williams, Lois Griffel and Michele Byrne among others.


    The Marigold Arts Gallery on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, representing Karen for many years, closed recently. Inquiries about paintings should now be made directly through karen.halbert@gmail.com.

    Karen is now working on her blog, A Mathematician Paints (see below). Keep an eye out for announcements.

    Email: karen.halbert@gmail.com
    Web site: www.karenhalbert.com

    www.karenhalbert.blogspot.com Karen's Blog with posts on Mathematics in Art including many posts on Composition from a Mathematician's point of view, concentrating on armatures of the Rectangle such as Dynamic Symmetry and the Golden (Fibonacci) Spiral.

    www.facebook.com/karen.halbert.92 Karen's Facebook Page
    www.papnm.org Plein Air Painters of New Mexico

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    www.loisgriffel.com Lois Griffel
    www.alberthandell.com Albert Handell
    www.billgallen.com Bill Gallen
    www.dhfa.net Doug Higgins
    www.rogerwilliamsart.com Roger Williams
    www.michelebyrne.com Michele Byrne
    www.judyhowells.com Judy Howells