Karen Leffel-Massengill

PARKSIDE STUDIOS

Karen Leffel-Massengill


​​When she was very young, Karen knew she wanted to be a painter. Pencils and crayons were constant companions as her family moved literally around the world; she drew inspiration from all over the US, France, Germany, Turkey and Thailand. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida State University, but was sidetracked by the demands of family and the steady income of a nursing career. Her husband’s sudden death in 1995 changed everything. At first a distraction from grief, painting and the childhood dream of being an artist reasserted itself. To revitalize her skills she attended workshops taught by world class artists including Carl Dalio, Janet Rodgers, Jim Kosvanec and many others.

Karen has achieved great success on the art show circuit: among others she has shown at Coconut Grove, Ann Arbor State Street Art Fair, Ann Arbor South University Art Fair, Winter Park Sidewalk Festival and Artigras, won numerous show awards and been selected as show poster artist five times. Her painting Summer Light appeared on the cover of the Summer 1998 Watercolor Magic national publication. Prestigious honors bestowed on her work include Birds in Art (four times) in both watercolor and oil mediums; Arts for the Parks with watercolor entries in both the top 100 and top 200, signature status with both the Florida Watercolor Society and the Society of Animal Artists. Her work has been purchased by the Leigh Yawkee Woodson Art Museum as well as numerous corporations. Recently, teaching workshops and private lessons has become a enjoyable extension of her career.