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Colorful Kari Graven

Painting, Photography, Tote Bags, Architectural Illustrations, Murals, and Dishware.  Kari's art features BOLD and VIBRANT designs!

Artwork Showcase


Acrylic, watercolor, oil

With a mastery of acrylics, watercolors, and oils, Kari's canvases come alive with a kaleidoscope of hues and textures. From the earthy warmth of Southwest aesthetics to the earthy charm of Tuscan landscapes, her versatility shines through in every piece. Viewers are transported to serene vistas, while still lifes capture the essence of everyday objects with an artistic flair. Each painting is a testament to Kari's boundless imagination and her ability to breathe life into diverse themes and settings.  Any original Kari painting can be printed on tote bags, art boards, and more.


Kari's talent extends beyond the realm of painting; her keen eye for composition shines brilliantly in her photography. Specializing in capturing the beauty of flowers, expansive landscapes, the intricacies of nature, and the soulful essence of animals, her photographs are windows into captivating worlds. It's her unexpected "car wash series" that 

showcases her unique perspective, turning the mundane into moments of artistry. With each click of the camera, Kari unveils the extraordinary in the ordinary, inviting viewers to see the world through her lens.  Any original Kari photo can be printed on tote bags, art boards, and more.

Tote Bags

Kari's original tote bags are a delightful fusion of beauty and functionality. These bags feature her stunning photographs and paintings on both sides, transforming them into wearable works of art. Whether adorned with vibrant flowers, sweeping landscapes, the tranquility of nature, or the majesty of safari animals, each tote tells a story through Kari's lens. Available in both 16" X 16"($29.99) and 18" X 18"($49.99) styles, these bags are not only stylish but also spacious enough to carry all your essentials with ease. Elevate your everyday with Kari's gorgeous and practical tote bags, where art meets utility in perfect harmony.

Architectural Illustrations
and Murals

Kari's architectural illustrations stand as a testament to the enduring allure of traditional techniques in a digital age. With each stroke of her brush, layers of watercolors converge, giving life to residential and commercial properties in a way that transcends the photorealistic renderings prevalent today. In a field where digital precision often dominates, Kari's hand-rendered artworks offer a breath of fresh air, embracing the organic fluidity of watercolors. In addition, Kari creates stunning pen and ink drawings, as you'll see in the samples.  Kari is available for commissioned work.  Simply send her a photo of your house, business, or special place and she'll be happy to paint it for you.  Each piece of artwork is available for purchase on notecards, prints,  art boards, and more.

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Hand Painted Dishware

Kari's hand-painted dishware adds a touch of joy and personality to any dining experience. With bold and vibrant designs that exude happiness and fun, each piece is a celebration of artistry and functionality. From lively patterns to whimsical motifs, Kari's creations transform ordinary tableware into statement pieces that spark conversation and uplift spirits. Whether it's a set of colorful plates for everyday use or a unique serving platter for special occasions, her dishware reflects her passion for infusing beauty into the everyday.

About Kari

Welcome to Kari's colorful world of art!

Kari is an internationally acclaimed artist whose vibrant creations have captivated audiences around the globe. With a diverse portfolio spanning paintings, wall murals, photography, fabric art, dishware, and various other mediums, Kari's unique style and boundless creativity bring joy and inspiration to homes and spaces far and wide. Kari's artworks are also rendered on note cards, prints, art boards, and metal wall art.  She draws her inspiration from the natural beauty and colors around her as well as her vast life experiences.

Kari studied at St. Olaf College and earned a B.S. degree in art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a B.S. in art education from the University of Minnesota.  She also studied at the prestigious Accademia D'Arte in Florence, Italy, Drawing from this immersive experience, she infuses her pieces with a combination of classical techniques and contemporary flair, resulting in visually stunning and emotionally resonant artwork.  

One of the highlights of Kari's career was being selected to paint a wall mural for the acclaimed television show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Her contribution added a touch of warmth and personality to a deserving family's home, showcasing her ability to transform spaces with her artistry.

While Kari's creations have graced homes throughout the United States, from coast to coast, her reach extends even further, with her art adorning walls in Costa Rica and Italy. Her work transcends borders, connecting people across cultures and continents through the universal language of art.

Kari's works have also been featured in juried art shows, galleries, fairs, and festivals throughout the U.S.

Currently based in the vibrant city of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Kari continues to push boundaries, exploring new techniques and themes to bring her artistic vision to life. Whether it's through bold strokes of color, intricate details, or thought-provoking imagery, Kari invites you to join her on a journey of creativity and imagination.

Explore Kari's portfolio and experience the transformative power of art firsthand. From intimate paintings to larger-than-life murals, each piece tells a story and invites you to become part of the narrative. Welcome to Kari's world, where every stroke of the brush is an expression of joy, passion, and boundless creativity.

Tote Bags
Illustrations & Murals
About Kari
Get in Touch

Experience the vibrancy and creativity of Colorful Kari's artwork.

For inquiries, reach out to me at:

Tel: 612-223-1088

or complete the below form.

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