I have always had my hands covered in paint, during every stage of my life
but when I tragically lost my Dad, out of the blue, I realised how precious time is. I needed to make the most of every single day, and it was important to start RIGHT NOW.
For me, that meant leaving my marketing career behind for good. It meant taking the first steps to my dream job as an artist, which would allow me the flexibility of working around the needs of my precious family.
So I enrolled in an art foundation course, whilst my three children were pre-schoolers, to build a strong portfolio of work, which could open the door to a Fine Art Degree.
In 2008 we moved our young family from London to Perth, in Western Australia, in search of a better work-life balance for my husband, and I started my studies at Curtin University. During the five years as a student there was a lot of juggling and dedication required; writing essays late into the night after the kids had gone to bed, attending lectures and tutorials during school hours, and fitting in painting time whenever and wherever I could (often at the kitchen table!)
However, my motivation to become a professional artist become stronger and my love affair with paint deepened.....
I soon discovered oils and began an obsession with painting the magnificent trees, parks and coast where I live, which I feel so lucky to be able to enjoy every single day. Through my art I feel that I can express my gratitude for my new life, celebrate Western Australia's natural beauty and immortalise something that is fragile and forever changing.
Since graduating I have been consistently selling my landscape paintings in gallery exhibitions, open studio events, group shows and online via my website shop. I also spent four years as a volunteer, curating one of the largest group shows in Perth. I have found that I love sharing my passion for paint in workshops, and am honoured to be commissioned to create large scale bespoke landscape paintings for private homes.
Karina turned professional in July 2018, when she launched Karina Buckingham Artist as a business.
She works from her home studio in City Beach, Perth, and is currently building a large garden studio at the family holiday home near Dunsborough.
Her current practice investigates the combination of mark making with various perspective techniques and is inspired by walking the Cape to Cape track in the Margaret River region of Western Australia. This is due to be shown in a major solo exhibition in early 2022.
To view Karina's full Curriculum Vitae click here
Karina is also co-owner of Summerville Wines, a private boutique vineyard in the Margaret River region of Western Australia.
Karina Jane Buckingham
Perth Landscape Artist
Heaven, oil on canvas, 140 x 140 cm