I live and work in Rochester, New York.  My process is one of addition and subtraction. I start with random marks, drawing, collage, paint. Then it is time to sand, lift paint, obscure with more collage, and create veiled layers. I add and subtract until something in the painting speaks to me or gives me direction. The process reminds me of a dig; shapes materialize and scraps of images and color emerge. I carefully work around the ruins to find something precious, imperfect, and meaningful. I am learning not to force this; I need to be patient and wait for the painting to tell me what comes next.

I invite the viewer to lean in.


Art Education: I have studied  under Steve Carpenter and Jane Davies as well as other workshops.

Solo Exhibitions:   

  • 2018 Softly Spoken; Abstract Painting and Collage by Karen Frutiger: The Gallery at Creativ Framing and Editions Printing, Rochester, NY

  • 2017 Text Layer, Shape Shifter: Collage Compositions: Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, NY

 Juried Exhibitions:

  • 2019 Cut & Paste, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY

  • 2019 Made in NY 2019, Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, NY

  • 2018 Cultivating Connections, Dyer Arts Center, Rochester, NY

  • 2018 No Man's Land, Politits Art Coalition at The Yards Collective, Rochester, NY

  • 2016 Made in New York, Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, NY

  • 2015 Water Effect, Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, NY

  • 2011 Annual RCS Juried Art Show, Art/Music Library University of Rochester Rush Rhees Library, Rochester, NY

Group Exhibitions:

  • 2019 Concealing and Revealing: An Artistic Duet Mixed Media Artists: Jeanne Raffer Beck and Karen Frutiger, Keuka College Lightner Art Gallery, Keuka Park, NY

  • 2019 Arena at the Mill,, Mill Art Center and Gallery, Rochester NY

  • 2019 Figurative Free Form,, Studio 402, Anderson Arts Building, Rochester, NY

  • 2019

  • 2019 Works on Paper, Mill Art Center and Gallery, Rochester NY

  • 2019 Diverse Directions, Gallery 384, Rochester NY

  • 2019 Nouveau ‘19; Self Portraits for the New Year, Studio 402, Anderson Arts Building, Rochester, NY

  • 2018 27th Annual Members Exhibition, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY

  • 2018 Representation and Abstraction Coming Together, Gallery 384, Rochester NY

  • 2018 Expanded Dimensions, Arena Art Group, Williams Gallery, First Unitarian Church, Rochester, NY

  • 2017 Arena Art Group @ Geisel Gallery, Rochester, NY

  • 2017 Edge of Night, Arena Art Group, MuCCC Fringe Festival Show, Rochester, NY

  • 2017 This is Jazz, Arena Art Group, Little Theater Cafe Art Gallery, Rochester, NY

  • 2017 New Work, Arena Art Group, Warren Phillips Gallery, Rochester, NY

  • 2017 Squared Off, Arena Art Group, Nu Movement Galley, Rochester, NY

  • 2016 New Energy, Arena Art Group, Link Gallery, City Hall, Rochester, NY

  • 2016 Equinox, Arena Art Group, Warren Philips Gallery, Rochester, NY

  • 2016 Explorations: A Visual Conversation, Arena Art Group, The Dyer Gallery at RIT, Rochester, NY

  • 2015 The Big Picture: 25th Annual Members Exhibition, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY

  • 2014 24th Annual Members Exhibition, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY


  • Arena Art Group: 2016 to present

  • NY Figure Study Guild: 2018 to present


  • 2012, Creative Excellence Award Center for Ethics, Humanities, and Palliative Care, University of Rochester Medical Center


  • Creating Collage Elements: A Two Day Workshop

    Who: Older Teens and Adults: appropriate for artists at all levels, including previous workshop students.

    Register: (class size limited to 6) http://www.millartcenter.com/teens-adults

    Workshop dates: Friday , October 25th and Saturday, October 26th, 10am to 3:30 pm both days
    Where: Mill Art Center and Gallery, 61 N. Main Street Honeoye Falls NY 14472

    In response to requests from previous students I am offering this 2 day workshop to allow for a more intensive exploration of using collage in composition

  • Creating Collage Elements: In this workshop we will create painted papers to be used in abstract compositions. Participants will learn a variety of techniques to create unique and beautiful collage elements using acrylic paint and mark making materials on an assortment of papers. Experimentation and exploration will be encouraged as we create a series of small layered abstract paintings. Students will go home with a stash of collage papers for future projects. Participants have the option of bringing items for collage. Suggestions are: laser prints of your own photographs or found papers (do not bring originals), magazine, dictionary or encyclopedia pages. If you bring prints of photographs I suggest you select images containing pattern, color, shape or texture to be used as abstract elements (as opposed to representational photographs of people or animals). There will be plenty of materials available to work from.







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