Don't miss our "Spring into Summer" Group Art Exhibition; it runs until June 11th.
Nestled on the Pajarito Plateau, at the foot of the Jemez Mountains in Northern New Mexico lies the once secret city of Los Alamos. Now known worldwide as the top-secret scientific base of the Manhattan Project during WWII, it is home to the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the city of Los Alamos. Creativity extends beyond this community’s scientific background into the arts, dance, and music. We invite you to experience the culturally-creative side of our unique community.
Are you inspired by the spectacular beauty of northern New Mexico? The Karen Wray Gallery in historic Los Alamos, New Mexico exhibits local artwork that captures the breathtaking landscapes, the colorful flowers and desert plants, and the characters that touch our lives.
Stop by and visit us! We are located at 1247 Central Avenue, Suite D-2; an easy walk from the Bradbury Science Museum.
We are open Monday-Friday 11am-4pm and Saturday 10am-4pm. Taking a Sunday tour of Los Alamos? Just call 505-660-6382 to schedule a visit.
For much of my life, I called northern Nevada my home. My dad worked in the copper mines, which kept us moving around quite a bit. I have always been inspired particularly by the miners, ranchers loggers and cowboys I have come to know in my travels. I suppose that’s why my paintings are heavily influenced by my love of the American west where I grew up. I currently reside just outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
I work primarily in oils, but I do like to explore other mediums as well. My main goal with a painting is to simply portray people caught in the act of being human.
I’ve been a professional barber for thirty years now, which has actually served as a rather unintentional catalyst for my art work. Most of the paintings I’ve done have been of customers who were generous enough to model for me. Interesting people who have sat in my barber chair over the years have often wound up as characters in my paintings.
As an artist, I don’t believe I “create” anything. I believe there is only One Creator. I only rearrange and “quote” things that He has already created. If what I’m quoting comes out looking like what’s already been created, I’ve only preached that the love of God is real and I am both a recipient and a witness to it.
My work has been featured on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Oregon Art Beat, and appeared in several publications including, International Artist’s Magazine’s “100 ways to paint People & Figures,” V-8 Times Magazine For Early Ford Enthusiasts, Nevada Magazine, and several national news papers throughout most of north America.