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Karen Jane Charlton

I was born in the bayside town of Mornington, south of Melbourne, Australia and now work from an attic studio in Mt Martha (the next town over), where I live with my partner, our 3 sons and various animals.

My art is inspired by how I want to live in the world. I use art to tell stories or ask questions. I believe good art shows us who we are and who we might want to be. For this reason, I try to make art that is accessible to everyone.

I love colour for reasons that escape explanation. I make art because it makes my heart swell to bursting. I hope it brings joy to other people. Art is my own 'quiet riot' against a life half-lived.

I like trumpet music, ginger beer, and middle eastern food. I like reading contemporary fiction and creative non-fiction, and watching scandi-noir. I am a terrible seamstress but am constantly making my own clothes, in my head. I try every day to be a better person in the world.