Husband and Wife artist duo Carl Bork and Karen Watkins opened their gallery in Salida, CO, a small thriving artistic town located in the beautiful Arkansas River Valley in 2010. Carl and Karen have completely different styles. Carl typically paints landscapes in his colorful impressionistic style and Karen paints in a contemporary whimsical and sometimes surreal style. Even though their styles are different they have an underlying love, joy and imagination that goes into their work.
Salida Sunrise by Carl Bork
Who We Are
Born in Ohio, Carl Bork grew up drawing with the encouragement of friends and family early on. It wasn’t until high school that Carl began drawing from life. Carl began his training in painting at the Columbus College of Art and Design. The school’s rigorous foundation studies gave him the basis for his drawing and painting ideas. “ At CCAD I learned to follow my heart and paint what moves me most. The school gave me the training to express myself in painting.” The appreciation for the medium and the mood in a painting is important to Carl.
Immediately after graduating he was commissioned to work on 18 paintings for the Westin Great Southern Hotel in Columbus Ohio. Depicting historical scenes of the hotel and Columbus buildings.
Carl Bork's work is widely collected across the U.S. and abroad. One highlight is that in 2012, Bork's solo show "Colorado Impressions" at the Tointon Gallery in Greeley, CO was a sold out show. Also recently, Bork was featured in Southwest Art Magazine's annual emerging artist article "21 under 31 emerging artists to collect now"
Now Carl lives in Salida, CO where he opened his own studio / gallery in 2010. Carl enjoys painting the beautiful landscape in the Arkansas River Valley and is very grateful to be able to do the thing he loves to do and share it with people in his own gallery and in different gallery shows across the U.S.
Her paintings are colorful and have whimsical illustrative imagery. Her paintings also are surreal, strange, and many times have a narrative or symbolism theme. Many of her paintings also depict simple subjects such as cute animals or trees. She also makes handmade dry felted soft sculptures usually of animals and woodland scenes out of roving and keeping in the style of her paintings. She was born in Indiana and came to Columbus, Ohio to study art at Columbus College of Art and Design. She earned a Bachelor degree in illustration at CCAD in 2002. She now resides in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado with her husband Carl and cat Spooky . She exhibits her art in galleries, boutiques, and in art markets.
Featuring Collaboration Between Carl Bork and Brice Turnbull
Bork and Watkins Studio - Gallery launched the exciting new and never before seen collaborative project between Carl Bork and Brice Turnbull. In November of 2014 the two artists launched their new project of combining illuminated glass (Turnbull) with abstract painting (Bork). The work is on display in the gallery with new pieces being rotated. To view the artwork online please visit www.turnbull-bork.com