Karen's Studio Blog

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© Karen Lynn Link, Etta, acrylic on canvas, 36" x 24”.

Greetings and salutations,

With Mother’s Day approaching, I thought I might change gears a little and write about the work in my “Family-isms” series. Etta is a portrait of my grandmother. It is based on a black and white photograph of her when she was a young woman and may be the earliest known photo of her. This portrait was the first painting I did in this series. 

My mother was a professional fine art photographer and I spent a great deal of time looking at photographs with her. She was also the photographer for most of our family photos. I became fascinated with different types of photographs: studio, staged family, and candid photos. The role of the photographer plays out differently depending on the type of photo. I explored these ideas in this series of portraits. 

What role does photography play in your work or life? Are you the family photographer? Please share your thoughts in the comments below. 

Take care and have a beautiful day,


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