About the Artist
Award-winning portrait sculptor Karen Jobe Templeton specializes in portraiture, bas relief and monumental sculpture of adults, children and animals. She has also created several series of realistic and representational figure sculptures, and steel and glass sculptures based on petroglyphs of the prehistoric peoples of North America.
Karen's sculptures are in private and public collections from the U.S. to Japan to Bulgaria.
Awards include: the American Artists Professional League's Kathryn Thayer Hobson Memorial Award, Leonard J. Meiselman Memorial Award for Traditional Sculpture, AAPL; Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Arts Club's Anna Hyatt Huntington Bronze Medal for Sculpture, and three separate awards from the Portrait Society of America, including First Place, Portfolio.
Born in Punxsutawney, PA, Karen has been in love with art since she could hold a pencil. But in the farming/mining hills of Pennsylvania, getting an education and finding a job meant working, and art was never work for her. After attaining a BS in Nursing from Columbia University, an MS degree at the University of Arizona, and 17 years in the health care-profession, Karen left nursing to pursue her true passion—sculpting.
Nursing, often dealing with people in the most intense hour of their need, had given Karen an ability to "see" people in a way that would vitally impact her work as a portrait and figure sculptor: Little of what makes a person who they are is on the surface; the surface often hides rather than reveals. Her work reflects that knowledge.