The artist: Karen Hinrichs, North Columbia, San Juan Ridge |

The artist: Karen Hinrichs, North Columbia, San Juan Ridge

Karen Hinrichs of North Columbia, on the San Juan Ridge

What is your career and current job title? I have worked at many jobs – from caterer and jewelry maker to sound technician and event producer. I consider my career to experience life at its fullest and to understand our “real history” as humans.

Describe your art. I have experimented with several media – etching, drawing , acrylic, oil, clay, metal, photography. My current love is watercolor; I like its spontaneity and the magic it creates as the water and pigments run together and make configurations that I may not have imagined. Although I use varied subject matter, my interest in portraying the human body has endured and deepened.

How long have you been working in this discipline? Since childhood. I was always painting, drawing or coloring and wanting “to be an artist when I grow up.” My favorite Christmas present was a new box of 64 Crayolas and a fresh pad of drawing paper.

Why do you do it? It feeds my soul.

What do you hope to accomplish? For myself – the joy of creativity. For others – inspiration and beauty to enjoy.

Do you create your art with an exact message you want the viewer to receive? The message is from myself to myself, the viewer may or may not “get it.”

What kind of special training did you take? I was an art major both in high school and at UCLA and have taken various classes and workshops. Currently, I am taking sculpture classes at Sierra College.

What’s your favorite part of your endeavors? The actual hands-on, tactile, sensual process of using paint.

What’s your least favorite part of your endeavors? Marketing.

How many hours a day, or more appropriate, a week, do you spend on your work? Anywhere from zero to 50 hours per week.

Do you consider it hard work and could anyone do it? I consider it play! The hard part is setting aside the time, putting paintbrush to paper and taking action. Everyone has something to express, possibly with paint. At the core of our being, we all want to create; we are, in fact, creating all the time. So, yes, anyone can do it, in their own way.

Any other comments you’d like to include? You can view my work at the Wisdom Cafe (which is transitioning to the Broad Street Bistro and Gallery) in Nevada City through Aug. 4 and on Nov. 3 and 4 at the Banner Mountain Artisans tour and sale ( I hope you enjoy my art!

The artist: To suggest a creative talent who should be profiled in this feature, contact Pam Jung at or 477-4232.

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