Visit Karen's gallery in The River Arts District of Asheville, NC ~ Riverview Station Building, 191 Lyman Street #104

Custom Fine Art Photography for a Living Room: Ruby Crown Kaleidoscope

Custom Fine Art Photography for a Living Room: Ruby Crown Kaleidoscope

The wall art in this living room was custom created to coordinate with the room’s decor of geometric shapes in black, white, and red.

This round kaleidoscope, made up of a photograph I created of smoke winding around red gems in a silver headdress, mimics the dots in the rug and the rings around the lamp base. The silver frame on the kaleidoscope echoes the squares in the pillows and sofa. Lastly, the colors in the kaleidoscope coordinate with the wonderfully contrasting colors of the surrounding furnishings.

I love projects like this that allow me free rein of subject matter that play with a room’s decor.  Pure Fun!

See more of Karen's fine art photography and read a bit about the inspiration behind the work.


Born and raised in the beautiful green mountains of Vermont, Karen holds a deep-seeded connection to the ever-changing landscape of the mountains. Her photographic subjects reflect her reverence for the extraordinary beauty and fragility of the natural world. Karen's career in photography began while working with nonverbal, autistic and learning disabled children on improving their communication skills. With a master’s degree in speech-language pathology, Karen developed computer based communication systems using photographs that she took with her clients of objects and people in their lives. Photography helped these special-needs individuals see the world in different ways and facilitated their creativity as well as their communication skills. For several years, Karen juggled careers as both a speech-language pathologist and a professional photographer, but when she became a mother Karen realized that she could not continue careers in both fields. She took a “break” from her work as a speech-language pathologist, and ultimately, never went back. For the past several years, Karen has explored the fine art of still life photography, as well as abstract images using smoke with objects she hand-created. Her still life images containing botanicals, sea shells, butterflies, fossils and geodes, as well as her totally unique images of smoke have earned her national and international accolades, as well as coveted awards, including many from juried, fine art competitions. After living in many parts of the US, Asia and Europe, Karen has settled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

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