Featured Artist Karen Sikie

Karen Sikie creates a clean, light body of work that delights the eye. Enjoy, and visit her website for more from this talented artist.


Atmosphere 3

“Atmosphere 3″ Engraving on Lucite, 16″ x 20”


I am a self-taught artist, born and raised in Los Angeles. I am currently working in two mediums, collage and Lucite. For me exploring materials is one source of inspiration. Each material has its own language. I have decided to share with you my body of work on Lucite.


Catch and Release

“Catch and Release” Diptych, Engraving on Lucite, 18″ x 18″


The clarity of Lucite attracted me because it invites layering and light to be a part of the work. I engrave, mark, collage and paint both sides of the Lucite. The finished panel is mounted with space between the work and the wall. This enhances the dimensional layers that cast shadows and play with the light.


Blue Fruit

“Blue Fruit” Engraving on Lucite, 24″ x 36″


In addition to materials, the natural world is also my muse, not just for its unbounded visual beauty of forms, colors, patterns and textures but also for the unseen principles it shares, for example, balance, reciprocity and flow to name a few. These ideas are the foundation of my work.



“Violets” Engraving on Lucite, 24″ x 30″


I am always creating work in my studio which I have learned is a discipline. I have studio hours that are flexible but that I do adhere to. The creative process for me means time. I need time to explore the materials, to flesh out an idea and to make mistakes, which really aren’t mistakes but lessons. Creating work is the foundation of my business.


Autumn Leaves

“Autumn Leaves” Engraving on Lucite, 24″ x 36″


Yes, I have a business! Realizing this changed my intentions and helped me clarify who I am as an artist.


Red Branch

“Red Branch” Engraving on Lucite, 36″ x 48″


Learning about business pushed me out of my comfort  zone. I realized  I couldn’t learn the business side of things alone, so I reached out to other artists and have created a network of support. This is has been invaluable to me and helped me to define my goals more clearly.



“Celebration” Engraving on Lucite, 60″ x 60″


My intention is twofold, the first intention being to creating multiple income streams from my work. Currently I have reproductions in Bed Bath and Beyond and I am also learning and creating collections for licensing designs for home decor products.



“Sunflowers” Engraving on Lucite, 24″ x 30″


My second intention is to share my lessons and the principals of the natural world to others through my work.


Lime Bough

“Lime Bough” Engraving on Lucite, 24″ x 36″


Whether it is exploring a new materials or learning an aspect of the art business, my life as an artist has propelled me to become a more aware woman.


Karen Sikie invites you to follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn.



  1. Nice work, Karen!

    Another excellent business source is the Small Business Administration which is often a part of a local university or community college. They are excellent at analyzing your current business and helping to determine directions, as well as business plans, tax advice and other nuts and bolts business issues.

    Also, you might find the Chamber of Commerce an interesting ally in going forward. Their members understand entrepreneurship and may provide a good sounding board; not to mention the possibility for some business-to-business artwork/commissions.

    Congratulations on your excellent imagery, media, and licensing success!

    • James
      Thank you so much for the advise. Your name sounds familiar. Were ever with the Los Angeles Art Association?
      Wishing you the best

      • Hi Karen,
        Your different media shown on your website really work well together–the paper mosaics, rubbings and engravings share your aesthetic beautifully. Excellent corporate collections too–I was wondering if hospitals (or hospitality industry) were on your radar–YES!

        Ps. East coast, mid-Atlantic and upper Midwest…no West Coast! There is a James Thatcher who is a classical musician…(not sure of his location)

  2. Great job Karen-
    Love seeing your lucite work all together in one place.
    And thank you for sharing your process.
    Also appreciate you sharing your realization that the business of art is a balancing act
    that is part creating and the other part business.

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