In Montana, I primarily worked in designing and batiking silk tapestries and cotton clothing. Then I moved to Nevada where open spaces were surrounded by distant mountain ranges which drew me to painting. Rather than attempt a realistic expression, I learned to play with the diverse environments’ elements while keeping in mind a good design. While the land draws my interest, I am not a landscape painter. I look at the land as it connects and defines its inhabitants, both human and animal. My undergraduate studies were with Ben Steele of the University of Montana, Billings and post-grad work was at the Memphis Art Academy and with Bob Morrison at the University of Nevada, Reno. Major influences on my work are Joellynn Duesberry of Colorado, Bailey Doogan of Arizona, and Maxine Masterfield, California. For the last 10 years, I have worked in oil, producing a concentrated body of work every 2 years. This work can be viewed on my website at karenkreyeski.com. I enjoy oil painting and all water media equally as they all are challenging. My work is in collections throughout California, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, and Oregon.