Karen Powell is a trained graphic artist and painter. She studied at Fisk University and did graduate studies at the University of Chicago. After a thirty three year career creating corporate designs in Boston, the artist relocated to the Atlanta area and has turned full-time to creating fine art mixed media work. She works on canvas using vintage photographic images combined with acrylic painting, trying, she says, to capture the spirit of her subjects and celebrate their heritage. She describes her work as a series of “push and pulls”: the push of a vintage black and white photo with the pull of contemporary vibrant background colors; the push of blurred edges of the images which seem to emerge from their backgrounds, and, most of all, the push and pull of emotions.