Karin S. Billings
For me, art is an extension of my life experiences. As a child and young woman, I was drawn to animals, specifically horses. Riding became my passion, a passion that culminated in a silver medal in the dressage competition in the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. Once I became an American citizen, my interests evolved and expanded; travel, ballroom dancing and competitive golf all beckoned.
More recently, I have been drawn to painting. For more than ten years, I have studied with excellent teachers and their various painting techniques. It is through art that I am trying to tie all these experiences together. My joy, my focus and my love of color all come alive in my paintings.
I am happy that during my relatively short painting career, my works have been acknowledged with many prizes at art shows. More recently, I have had my own studio — a wonderful environment to peacefully continue my work.
I hope my paintings offer as much pleasure to others as I derive from creating them.
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about the artist
Karin Schlüter-Billings is a painter working in acrylics and oils. She specializes in impressionist landscapes and floral motifs. She also likes painting expressionist-style figures and abstracts, and lately has been drawn to Gyotaku — fish printing from real fish.
As a lifelong supporter of animal rights, she has pledged most of the proceeds from the sale of her artwork to organizations such as the Humane Society, Animals’ Angels, or — now as the owner of a stray cat — to spaying and neutering programs.
Born in Hamburg, Germany, Karin — married to Jim Billings — lives most of the year in Sarasota, Florida, but returns each summer to her home in Hamburg.