Featured Artist Theresa L. Karkoska

Enjoy the amazing portfolio of Theresa L. Karkoska, who captures memorable moments in life with her paintbrush. See more by visiting her website.


oil painting of a little girl eating ice cream by Theresa Karkoska

“Stella’s Sprinkles (Psalm 119:103)” oil on cradled panel, 20″ x 20″ x 1”


As an artist, I often try to select subject matter that is colorful and dynamic without being excessive. I believe each painting has a depth of spirit all its own that speaks to the observer.


oil painting of a young boy at the beach

“Catch A Wave” oil on cradled panel, 16″ x 16″ x .75”


Although the image can be universally relatable, each person views it in a way that is unique because of their own beliefs, perceptions and circumstances of life. Dorothy L Sayers expressed it best. She wrote ““The artist’s knowledge of his own creative nature is often unconscious; he pursues his mysterious way of life in a strange innocence.”


Oil painting of a boy blowing bubble gum

“POP!!!” oil on cradled panel, 16″ x 16″ x .75”


We can use our minds, hands, tools, and talents to make each brushstroke into a creation of our choosing, but there is still a mystery to how each piece will be viewed through the lens of the observer. In this way, there is an intimate discourse within the values, shapes and textures. They allow the painting to express itself, each one quietly talking.


oil painting of a coffee shop

“Lamppost Coffee” oil on cradled panel, 12″ x 12″ x .75”


From an early age, I have always had a fascination with color, shape, light and texture. I loved every craft I could get my hands on. I never shied away from learning something new. From sketching to sewing, jewelry making to gardening, knitting to repurposing furniture, I was never at a loss for the next project to attempt.


oil painting of a kayak on the water

“Just Around The Riverbend” Oil on cradled panel, 12″ x 12″ x .75”


Thankfully, many of those skills were well utilized during the 23+ years of being a stay at home homeschool mom of three. Not only would we create any costume or prop that was desired, but each one’s room had some sort of mural on the wall to fit whatever theme they chose.


Oil painting of a woman carrying a bucket of flowers

“Flygirl Flowers (Isaiah 35:2a)” oil on cradled panel, 24″ x 18″ x1.5”


And yet, I never saw myself as “artistic.” After launching my youngest child off to college, I felt I needed to do something more practical with my time. I earned my Certified Public Bookkeeper’s license in order to take on some work. However, during this season of change there were some women in my life that gave me a nudge to take my “artistic gifts” more seriously.


oil painting of a bartender mixing a drink

“Shaken, Not Stirred” oil on cradled panel, 24″ x 24″ x 1.5”


A few months later, on a whim, I grabbed some scraps of wood and made a small, wall-mounted easel so I could try my hand at painting. Something inside of me awoke that spring. I knew there was no turning back.


oil painting of two men in conversation

“Private Conversation (Proverbs 18:24)” oil on cradled panel, 16″ x 16″ x .75”


There is something about the feel of the paints, the smell of the oils, the depth and variety of colors that cause an indescribable connection. Hours go by unrecognized as I pursue this endeavor to create something intimate to my spirit. I often catch myself singing out loud when I’m painting, which is not typical of me. It simply feels like I’m lost in another world when I stand before the easel.


oil painting of a young man in a pool chair

“Poolside Perspective” oil on cradled panel, 12″ x 12″ x 1”


Currently, I have been working on more figure paintings. I love how many stories can be created in people’s minds when they view each one. I’m often asked questions about the subject. My response is usually a question in return to help them craft their own storyline, carrying them into another time and place. I don’t know how many times my paintings will be translated into stories, but I have no doubt they will continue to live and speak well beyond me in this world.


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