Artist Karen Kyler was born in Cleveland Ohio. When Karen was a very young child, her parents introduced her to the world famous art museum there. This early influence inspired a lifelong passion for the visual arts.
At Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona, Kyler received her art training. She also studied jewelry fabrication and lost wax casting with Bob Winston in Tempe, Arizona, and printmaking with Mina Tang Kan of Sierra Vista, Arizona, and Los Angeles, California.
For many years, Kyler taught art at the elementary and high school levels for the Sierra Vista School District. Before that, she instructed in painting and drawing, photography, and silversmithing in the Arizona Public Schools on the Navajo Reservation in Chinle and Red Mesa. More recently, she has offered classes in printmaking/zinc plate etching at Cochise College in Sierra Vista.
Of her own work, Kyler states, “There is great beauty in the colors and textures of the desert southwest. Finding visual expression for these colors and textures and the varied compositions of the land itself, is the challenge of my oil monoprints. Literally oil paintings on Plexiglas, these images are transferred to archival, cotton rag paper using an etching press. Paint can be used alone, or textural materials can be included in the matrix image. These find their way to the final print as luminous color and embossed texture. Often, there are unexpected results that can be achieved only by the intense pressure of the press. My oil monoprints combine colors and textures in an abstract style.”
Kyler’s work has been shown in exhibits at the Huachuca Art Association Gallery, the Tang Gallery, Bisbee, Arizona, and at the Raices Taller Gallery in Tucson. Her work is included in private collections throughout the United States. In 2010, Kyler was recognized as artist of the year in the Mayor’s Art Award ceremony in Sierra Vista.