Jack and Karen Winslow have been painting side-by-side since 1973, when they began studying oil painting with Frank Mason at the Art Students League of New York and in Frank's landscape workshops in Vermont. In 1979, they moved to Vermont and established the Winslow Art Studio. For the past thirty years, they have been producing and selling their paintings through various galleries, and raising their 5 children.
Although they paint a broad range of subject matter: plein air landscapes, still life, portraits, figures and seascapes, the real theme remains the same. “All of our paintings are about light and movement” Karen says, “and if I can capture a believable illusion of form and a sense of depth, I am pretty happy!
We try to look beyond “the facts” to distill a visual poem, one that expresses a simple truth with honesty. This is why we always work from life, not photographs. A photograph records the “facts”, but an artist translates these facts into selected design and structured harmony, which is a balance of draftsmanship, craftsmanship, logic and emotion.” The Winslows are among the few artists today who are reviving and upholding "Old Master" techniques and traditional craftsmanship. They grind most of their paints, make their own mediums and varnishes, and prepare the finest Belgian or Irish linen, panels or 100% rag paper with the best grounds.
American Artist Magazine did a feature article on the Winslows in 1991, with one of Jack's paintings on the cover. Karen teaches workshops for Lyme Art Association in Old Lyme, CT; Southern Vermont Art Center in Manchester , VT ; and Jack and Karen teach together at their studio in Cambridge , VT. Their work hangs in homes and offices throughout the United States and abroad.