Karen Schmidt
  • Female
  • Anaheim, CA
  • United States
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I am captivated by the human form, by the way that a gesture can speak to us. While my sculpted figures convey authentic human emotions and relationships, they serve as archetypes that transcend the context of their story. Through contemplation of biblical and contemporary themes, I create sculptures that explore spiritual truth through simplicity and beauty. I wrestle with paradoxical themes of suffering and redemption, grief and comfort, sacrifice and blessing.

I believe that the emotional weight of a sculpture is best expressed through the gesture. With minimal detail and substantial volume, my figures suggest iconic, historical symbols, yet remain stylistically modern. Modern figurative sculptors like Aristide Maillol, Marino Marini, Antoine Bourdelle, Ernst Barlach, Henry Moore, and my mentor, contemporary artist, Simon Kogan influence my work.

I am compelled to find the single gesture that captures the essential meaning of a story and speaks to me on multiple levels. While the creative process is deeply personal—an expression of my life’s journey, my convictions, and struggles—I discover myself and the world in new light as I sculpt in clay. I cast my sculptures in bronze to bring permanence and radiance to the figures, and to maximize the interplay of light, shadow, and weight in three-dimensional space.
Accomplishments / CV

2012 Simon Kogan sculpture workshop in Florence, Italy
2004-2009 Simon Kogan workshops in bas-relief sculpture, portraits, and the figure
2007 Scottsdale Artist Workshop: anatomy and figure drawing
1996-2000 Simon Kogan workshops in sculpting, life modeling, and mold making
1976 California State University Fullerton: Elementary Teaching Credential
1976 California State University Fullerton: BA, Art
1973 Fullerton College, CA: AA, Art
2012 Simon Kogan sculpture workshop in Florence, Italy


2006 Coast Hills Church Gallery, Aliso Viejo, CA

2007 First Annual Sculpture Exhibition, Bluebird ArtHouse, Whittier, CA


2011-2012 "13th Annual Judeo-Christian Online International Art Exhibition," — www.upstreampeoplegallery.com
2008-2009 "Succour--Gifts of Support and Solace," Orange and Garden Grove, CA
2008 "Annual Entertainments and Arts," Los Angeles, CA
2007 "Who do you say that I am?" Bushnell, IL
2006-2007 "Dawn to Dawn. . .journeys through pain to freedom," traveling exhibition to Orange,
Riverside,San Juan Capistrano, Irvine, CA and Fremont, NE
2006 "Made in California," City of Brea Gallery, Brea, CA
2005 "72nd Annual Exhibition," National Sculpture Society Exhibition, New York City, NY, and Brookgreen Gardens, NC in 2006
2005 "Confessing Tongues: God revealed through multiculturalism," Orange, CA and Concordia University, Irvine, CA
2005 "Embracing the Gift," CIVA Exhibition, Azusa, CA
1996 Childhood's End Gallery, Olympia, WA


2011 Award of Excellence, Upstream People Gallery: for "Holy Family"; Special Recognition for "Jacob Wrestling with the Angel," Madonna of Compassion," "Mary and Elizabeth," and "Return of the Prodigal Son (after Rembrandt)"
2007 Bene Honorable Mention, Visual Arts Awards: Sacred Art, Ministry and Liturgy, for "Holy Family"
2006 Honorable Mention, People's Choice, "Made in California" juried exhibition, City of Brea Gallery,CA, for "Ugandan Girl"
2006 Bene Award, Visual Arts Awards: Sacred Art, Ministry and Liturgy, for "Mary & Elizabeth"


Lake Oswego, Oregon
Laguna Niguel, California
Victoria, Australia
Puyallup, Washington
Indianapolis, Indiana
Costa Mesa, California
San Diego, California
Jacksonville, Florida


2012 Holy Family" 3/4-life-size for St. Thomas More Church, Paducha, KY
2010 Madonna of Compassion" for St. Mary's Hospital, Richmond, VA
2008 Return of the Prodigal Son (after Rembrandt)" for Doug and Debra Bassett,Laguna Hills, CA
2008 Holy Family" for St. Pius X Catholic Church, Montville, NJ
2007 Harold Richards" for the Newport Mesa Half-Way House, Costa Mesa, CA
2005 Crucifix" for Laura Alvord, Fullerton, CA
2005 Mary and Elizabeth" for the Elizabeth House, Phoenix, AZ
2003 Ecstasy on Ice" for Karen Broostrom, given to Brittania Broostrom, in Puyallup, WA
2001 for the Eucharistic chapel at St. Andrew Catholic Church,Sumner, WA
2000 Corpus" for the crucifix at St. Andrew Catholic Church, Sumner, WA
1998 Vietnamese Girl" for Central Christian Church, Mesa, AZ, given to Joy Lawson
1997 Maasai Mother and Child" for South Hill Christian Church, given to Tim andDebbie Doty

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At 8:03am on May 8, 2012, Renee Traipoom said…

Your biblical figures are exceptional.  Rarely have I seen such humanity portrayed without empty sentiment on these themes.  Rodin would be proud - I definitely want to touch your work.


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