Karen Lipman’s passion for contemporary painting comes through in vivid colors, dynamic compositions and a spirit of playful mystery. It is her intent to draw the observer in, to stimulate your mind with each painting. Captivating paintings in acrylic, watercolor, oils, and digital art platforms make this portfolio collection complete.
Karen has lived in Cincinnati, Ohio most of her life and calls “Cincy” her hometown. She studied art at the University of Cincinnati, Design, Art and Architecture Program, at Central Academy of Commercial Art and The Art Institute of Atlanta. Being selected to be one of the initial seven employees hired to launch a local business publication in 1984, Karen helped design The Cincinnati Business Courier that we know today. Karen later moved on from The Courier when she embarked into her entrepreneurial journey by forming her first business, Designs By Advantage. She designed for Procter & Gamble, M/I Homes, Kroger, Inc., Quantum Chemical, Kenwood Towne Centre and many others.
“Once I took the leap into freelance design, I was hooked on the diverse range of commercial work I was producing and loved meeting the creative needs of my clients. Their appreciation fueled the fire in my belly for entrepreneurship.”
Karen loves learning and moving onto new endeavors. She has been selling antique fine artwork in conjunction with Christie’s in New York City with impressive success and Christie’s in London, as well. Karen is an antique collector and has curated fine art for her online storefront on Etsy for over six years. It is known as Vintage By Viola and has earned the highest ratings for her heartfelt interest in pleasing her customers and meeting their needs. Her popular shop has an eclectic mix of American and international art and antique treasures that appeal to high end clientele, corporate buyers and designers as well as new collectors. Karen has received numerous accolades from satisfied customers and has sold to private and corporate entities throughout the United States and Europe.
Karen has worked for many years in Cincinnati while participating in The Cincinnati Art Club, Pop Revolution Artist Lounge as Featured Guest Artist and has taught art to elementary school children through after-school programs and has been honored by winning several painting awards.
Most recently, Karen launched the opening of her very unique art gallery in the trendy renovated building Loveland Artists Studios On Main in Loveland, Ohio. Karen explains her vision, “I hope to make Lipman Art Gallery a must-see for locals and tourists. It’s here for the people to come in, browse, touch, and become comfortable shopping for inspired, obtainable art. Absolutely no stuffy feeling of “museum” silence. And…no “pressure selling” that will upset my “shopping buddies.”
“Art is so much fun to create that I believe it takes on a positive energy of it’s own. Shopping for art should be just as much fun. If you find something you like, don’t marry it. Live with it for awhile. If for any reason you don’t like it once you live with it, no big deal. My policy is, lease the artwork for two weeks and if it is not a match, that’s okay. Call me to make arrangements to return it to the gallery and pick another piece or for a refund. It’s simple and takes the worry out of making a wrong choice.”
Karen wants to bring joy to others who become inspired by her paintings. She has donated books, artwork and design work both locally and internationally and even used her talents to author a book that has offered comfort and reassurance to families with babies born with the birth defect of a cleft lip and/ or palate. The book is entitled, Don’t Despair Cleft Repair, which has also won awards and has been warmly received by public school systems’ diversity programs, nursing schools that train caregivers, hospitals, Doctor’s Without Borders, The Cleft Foundation, The Rotary Club and won grants from Chinese orphanages. It was inspired from her own family circumstances when her son was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate.
“My passion for creating and painting is a blessing and I want to bless others by inspiring them to see the unique possibilities life has to offer and to see the extraordinary in the ordinary. It is time to disrupting the fine art buying process and let’s partner together to convert every boring wall into a wall of inspirational art.”