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Karen Friend is a New Zealand painter.  She predominantly makes her paintings on canvas using acrylics.  In the beginning, her paintings were in oil and had their roots in the outback of Western America and then she continued to experiment with new techniques, styles and materials.  Her explorations lead to an interest in acrylics, palette knife painting and then on to sketching with pen and ink, though her heart has remained with the Cowboys, Native American Indians and the good ol West.  The suggestions and inspirations for her work are taken from all subjects that she finds interesting and beautiful, and through that, the desire to capture the moment in an art form for others to enjoy.

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