by Nini Baseema in New Art on Thursday 28 February 2013

Look twice, these are not photographs, no, these are photorealistic oil paintings by Karen Woods. The acclaimed artist from Seattle describes her works as follows: ‘For some time now I have chronicled my journey by painting what I experience while driving around the city. I paint—in the realist tradition—from photographs taken at intersections and on the road, when I’ve been struck by the beauty in the ordinariness of my commute. For myself, the reward lies in capturing and expanding the space, time, and movement of a moment in everyday life, and to reveal its accompanying emotional weight: its anticipation, reflection, isolation, longing, and transcendence’.