Karen Wride

“I believe anyone can learn to draw and paint. All they need is someone to unlock their hidden talent – a talent that all of us possess. I’ve always loved art and was fortunate that my door has always been open, but I’m proud to say that I have managed to find the key to release the artist in every single person who has come to me for lessons.

I teach people to look at the world differently, to see a whole spectrum of colours, lights and shades that previously they had overlooked. This is what I do in my paintings, bringing depth and drama into every conceivable subject, using different techniques, styles and perspectives.

My own paintings capture a moment in time that was special to me, they may speak to you or not. For me that’s irrelevant. It’s for the love of art that I do them so it’s a bonus when others love them too.

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‘Private Portrait Commission’ © Karen Wride

I am a largely self taught artist that is passionate about colour. I love to experiment with different techniques and am constantly re-inventing my ‘style’. I spent many years as a graphic designer and now split my time co-writing and designing the only English language gardening magazine in continental Europe – ‘Mediterranean Gardening and Outdoor Living’; as well as teaching art to enthusiasts from my small art studio.

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‘My own darling Ruby – in my heart forever’ © Karen Wride

First Class Art – learn to draw and paint in oils.

I run fun and friendly small classes in a relaxed setting in Guia. All levels are welcome and all genres of styles. Come and unlock the artist in you. Many of my students have gone on to regularly sell their work at galleries and for private commissions.

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‘Stepping into the ocean’ © Karen Wride

Karen’s work is currently displayed and on sale at the Corté Real Gallery at Paderne in the Algarve.

You can also contact her direct and she is available for private commissions.

Contact Information

Website: www.karenwride.com

E-mail: a2zdesign@mac.com

Phone: (+351) 91 708 1893

Facebook Page: First Class Art

Instagram: firstclassartportugal

First Class Art website: www.first-class-art.com

You can view more of her work via her gallery here. Click on any of the images to start the slideshow.

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