Karissa Harvey is an emerging artist from Farmingdale, New Jersey. She works in oils and glazes to create colorful, large scale portraits and scenes with scattered focal points and a slightly blurred sense of reality. Her paintings are based on gesture, with a loose and almost accidental undertone, and then brought to focus here and there,, allowing the viewer to weave in and out of pockets of clarity. This scattered abstraction gives her images a sense of energy or movement, while simultaneously achieving a peaceful stillness.
Snapping photos of unsuspecting sunbathers along the Jersey Shore and Coney Island, artist Karissa Ann Harvey's great grandfather was fascinated with the everyday person. Though the two never actually met, they now work in collaboration as Karissa converts the secretive black and whites, which had been lost for years, into vibrant painted portraits. Equal parts tender, artistic, and voyeuristic, this eye-catching work showcases a woman sitting on the sand alone, punctuated by broad brushstrokes and a vivid palette. Made in New Jersey, printed and stretched in Oregon.