Joint Winner - Karen Bulgin is an abstract artist living in Port Macquarie, NSW. Before studying art, she studied geography - atmospheric conditions, winds, cloud formations - and this influence is evident in her paintings.
Karen believes that "art can put us in touch with that deep place from which life flows..." and thus nominates nature as one of her greatest inspirations. Painting urban settings and figures in the landscapes, she feels that the immediate environment was and still is her major reference source as an artist.
Karen is currently supporting the White Elephant Spring Ball in Tamworth on 12 October 2019 by donating a work 'Torn messages in the sky, the fleeting river & the seismic earth' to help raises crucial funds for preventative mental health work in the Tamworth region. If you would like to bid visit the White Elephant Silent Auction page.