Karen Latham

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Karen Latham
Nationality American
Known for Painting wildlife miniatures and portraits
Movement Realism movement
Spouse(s) Ken Latham
Awards 2004 Award of Excellence for In the Light at a Society of Animal Artists; 2008 Illinois Conservation Stamp
Website www.lathamstudios.com

Karen Latham is an American painter, residing in Hastings, Minnesota.[1] The artist is most known for her paintings of wildlife in realism painted in the style of miniature, as are her daughters, Bonnie and Rebecca, with whom she exhibits.

Biography[edit]

Karen Latham began painting portraits at the age of 10. As a child she painted with watercolors and acrylics. She has owned the Nature's Palette Gallery in Hastings, Minnesota, where she has held art classes.[2] She is married to Ken Latham a chemical engineer at 3M. Latham home schooled her artistic daughters,[2] Bonnie, born in 1984,[3] and Rebecca, who also live in Hastings.[4][5]

Latham paints wildlife, using acrylics, in naturalist, realist, representationism and realism styles. She also makes portraits.[6] Karen Latham and her daughter, Rebecca, illustrated the V is for Viking (2003) children's book,[7] and their work was included in the P is for Passport (2003) book.[8][9] Karen won an Award of Excellence for In the Light at a Society of Animal Artists exhibition in 2004.[10] Latham was an award winner at the national 2004 and 2005 Arts for the Parks contests.[11][12] One of Karen's paintings was selected for the 2008 Illinois Conservation Stamp.[13]

Latham women[edit]

Karen Latham exhibits with her daughters, Bonnie and Rebecca, all of whom make realist paintings of wildlife in miniature.[1][4][5] The girls started to paint in earnest about the age of 12 and their works were shown in the family's art gallery, by or before 2000.[14]

Bonnie's painting of a pintail duck was selected for the 2000 Federal Junior duck stamp,[nb 1][nb 2] Their mother, Karen, finished 14th in the adult competition in 1999. [nb 3] a contest for students from kindergarten through the 12th grade, winning a trip with her parents to Washington, D.C. and a $2,500 scholarship. The winning stamp is sold for $5 as a collectible stamp.[16] Rebecca had paintings was selected for the 2009 Illinois Conservation Stamp[4] and 2003 Minnesota Turkey Stamp.[17]

The Latham women's paintings have been shown in the Smithsonian, Nature in Art museum (UK), Hiram Blauvelt museum, and the Gilcrease Museum.[18][19][20][non-primary source needed] In 2007, all three exhibited their work at Seaside Art Gallery in Nags Head, North Carolina for the 16th International Miniature Art Show.[21] Their artwork has been featured in numerous art publications[4][5] including Wildlife Art magazine[22] and Wildscape Magazine.[23] All three women have each been named "artist of the year" by conservation organizations,[18][19][20][non-primary source needed] are members of many art and wildlife societies,[1][4][5] and are signature members of the Society of Animal Artists, which means that they participated in 15 or more annual exhibitions.[24]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Bonnie is the second girl to win the contest since it began in 1993. Rebecca finished 10th in the adult Federal Duck Stamp competition in 1999 and 2nd in 1998.
  2. ^ Having won second place nationally ("Best of Show" in Minnesota) for her pair of Redheads, Rebecca Latham and her parents, Ted and Karen Latham, won a free trip to Washington, D.C. While there, they will be able to see the adult Federal Duck Stamp contest judging.[15]
  3. ^ There is a set of brothers, Joe, Jim and Bob Hautman, also from Minnesota, who won six federal duck stamp competitions by 2000.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Karen Latham Biography. Artists for Conservation Organization. Retrieved October 23, 2008
  2. ^ a b Dennis Anderson (April 15, 1998). "Junior achievers; In the Junior Duck Stamp contest, young artists paint waterfowl - and hope to brush with fame. (SPORTS).". Star Tribune. Minneapolis, MN: The Star Tribune Company (accessed via HighBeam Research, subscription required). Retrieved December 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ Bonnie Latham Biography. Latham Official Website. Retrieved October 23, 2008
  4. ^ a b c d e Rebecca Latham Biography. Artists for Conservation Organization. Retrieved October 23, 2008
  5. ^ a b c d Bonnie Latham Biography. Artists for Conservation Organization. Retrieved October 23, 2008
  6. ^ "Karen Latham - Quick facts and keywords". Ask Art. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Kathy-Jo Wargin (2003). V Is for Viking: A Minnesota Alphabet. illustrated by Karen Latham and Rebecca Latham. Sleeping Bear Press. ISBN 978-1-58536-125-0. 
  8. ^ Devin Scillian; Michael Ulmer (2003). P Is for Passport: A World Alphabet. illustrated by nationally acclaimed artists, including Karen Latham and Rebecca Latham. Sleeping Bear Press. ISBN 978-1-58536-157-1. 
  9. ^ Devin Scillian; Michael Ulmer (2003). P Is for Passport: A World Alphabet, Editorial Reviews. illustrated by nationally acclaimed artists, including Karen Latham and Rebecca Latham. Sleeping Bear Press. ISBN 978-1-58536-157-1. 
  10. ^ "Awards". Society of Animal Artists. Retrieved December 28, 2013. 
  11. ^ Bonnie Gangelhoff (September 1, 2005). "Wyoming: BEST OF THE WEST". Southwest Art. F+W Media, Inc. (via HighBeam Research, subscription required). Retrieved December 28, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Results In for Wyoming Shows". Southwest Art. F+W Media, Inc. (via HighBeam Research, subscription required). December 1, 2005. Retrieved December 28, 2013. 
  13. ^ Karen Latham. Latham Official Website. Retrieved October 23, 2008
  14. ^ Doug Smith (March 29, 2000). "A future painted bright; The Latham family of Afton - mother Karen and daughters Rebecca and Bonnie - has been making waves in the wildlife art world. (SPORTS).". Star Tribune. Minneapolis, MN: The Star Tribune Company (via HighBeam Research, subscription required). Retrieved December 28, 2013. 
  15. ^ Doug Smith (May 3, 1998). "Conditions ripe for dandy Minnesota fishing opener. (SPORTS).". Star Tribune. Minneapolis, MN: The Star Tribune Company (via HighBeam Research, subscription required). Retrieved December 28, 2013. 
  16. ^ a b Dough Smith (May 2, 2000). "Latham's wildlife art paying off; Afton teenager wins Federal Junior Stamp competition. (SPORTS)". Star Tribune. Minneapolis, MN: The Star Tribune Company (via HighBeam Research, subscription required). Retrieved December 28, 2013. 
  17. ^ Rebecca Latham Biography. Latham Official Website. Retrieved October 23, 2008
  18. ^ a b Bonnie Latham. Hadley Art Licensing Company. Retrieved October 23, 2008
  19. ^ a b Karen Latham. Hadley Art Licensing Company. Retrieved October 23, 2008
  20. ^ a b Rebecca Latham. Hadley Art Licensing Company. Retrieved October 23, 2008
  21. ^ "From miniature to multimedia, galleries offer an eclectic mix". The Virginian-Pilot. Norfolk, VA: McClatchy-Tribune Information Services (via HighBeam Research, subscription required). May 4, 2007. Retrieved December 28, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Karen Latham - Periodicals". AskArt. Retrieved December 28, 2013. 
  23. ^ Wildscape Magazine 2006, UK Ken Stroud.
  24. ^ "Signature members". Society of Animal Artists. Retrieved December 28, 2013. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Lonnie Pierson Dunbier, ed. (2005). "Karen Latham". The Artists Bluebook: 34,000 North American Artists to March 2005. 
  • Fran Howard (March 2008). "Karen, Rebecca and Bonnie Latham: A 24/7 Family Affair". Wildlife Art. 
  • "Field Notes". Wildlife Art. November 2004. 
  • Susan Hallsten McGarry (May 2002). "Women Artists Tout Artistic Parity". Wildlife Art. 

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