About Karen

Karen Rolfes

Artist Bio

Cincinnati-based artist Karen Rolfes has been honing her skills as an impressionistic oil painter for the past two decades. Inspired by her family of interior designers and artists, Karen set out to discover her artistic voice through a series of artist studies under Robert Moore, Cheri Christensen, and Don Sahli. The most influential being Pierre Bittar, a well-known French artist, who first introduced the palette knife technique to Karen, for which she is most notably known.

Karen's vibrant, expressive works have found a home in private and corporate collections throughout 28 states in the U.S. and also in Australia, Germany and Switzerland.

Photo credit: RVP Photography

Artist Statement

“For me, painting has never been about capturing the exactness of a moment. But rather, taking the joy of the scene that I see and feel and expressing it on canvas for others to take part in. The palette knife is an extension of my thoughts as it makes quick work to articulate the beauty of the scene before me in a bright, colorful palette.”

Giving Back to the Community

Karen has been donating her original artwork to many charities within her community. Examples of the various organizations who have benefited from the gift of her paintings include:

American Diabetes Association
American Heart Association
Antiques Festival 
Art Barn
Bethany House
Cancer Free Kids
Cris Collinsworth Proscan Fund
Christ Hospital
Cincinnati Arts Association
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati Country Day School
Cincinnati Nature Center
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Cincinnati
D'Art For Art
Dress For Success
Harbor Springs Community Schools
Harbor Springs Michigan Save The Trees
Indian Hill Church
Indian Hill Schools
Josh Cares/Hits for Kids
Karen Wellington Foundation
Kenzie’s Closet
Kindervelt Life and Hope Network
Linder Center of Hope
Madeira Historical Society
Mary Jo Cooper Family Center for Breast Cancer
Mayfield Education and Research Foundation
Moeller High School
1N5 Warrior Run
Pregnancy East
Pro Kids
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Saint Joe’s Orphanage
Saint Xavier High School
Save The Trees
SPCA Fur Ball
Springer School Library
Stepping Stones
Summit Country Day School
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
Talbert House
Tiffany Foundation
Ursuline Academy 
Village Life Outreach