Artist of the Month - Karen Celella

Fine art photography, origami, quilling, paper art and mixed media are my current passions. Each one enhances a different aspect of my life. The purpose is to bring joy and to attract and share positive energy.



To get to know Karen we asked her a few questions about her art

What is Art for you?

Photography has opened an entire new way of seeing the world. Being able to appreciate many of the tiny details that most people don’t even notice and framing a scene that holds the emotion of the moment. Origami is meditative. Quilling is fun, challenging and more open to mixed media elements. Paper art mandalas bring depth and meaning.


What are you currently working on?

Photography, origami, quilling, paper art and mixed media are all at the tips of my fingers and I float from one project to another on a daily basis. I even sneak in special projects like making my own paper and some frames.


What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?

I am self taught in all of the areas of art. My degree is in music and education.

Where do you find your inspiration?

Being involved with different clubs, organizations, and on-line groups provide motivation and of course selling work and preparing for various themes help direct ideas.

What is your creative process?

The 1000+ origami crane pieces are most demanding. Buying the correct papers, cutting the squares, folding all of the cranes, laying out the design and stringing the curtains or mobiles is very time consuming, but as long as it is not a commissioned piece I can relax and use it as a meditative exercise. Each artistic area holds a unique process.


Did your style change over the years? In which way?

One of the most exciting things is to keep learning and growing to expand styles and improve. I sometimes look back at some work and shake my head saying “what was I thinking!?”

What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?

The most challenging part is marketing! I love the creative process but dread the marketing.

Thank you Karen!