About the Artist


Abstract artist Karri Allrich, her studio with large painting on an easel



Inspired by the Earth- her elements- the act of mark making is for me a form of access, a way to explore the intersection of skill and the unconscious, control and surrender, perception and imagination, using the lush and beautiful language of paint.

Recurring themes and subjects in my work are rooted in the natural world, informed by years of landscape painting and the spontaneous, imperfect captures of iphonegraphy. Recent explorations include the transformative elements of water, evidential tracks and remnants, the rock slide passage of time, and internal map-making.

Diverse influences in painting and process include the abstract work of Georgia O’Keeffe, the painterly expressionism of Joan Mitchell, Perle Fine, and Cecily Brown.


Karri Allrich Studio, Santa Fe, NM
Karri Allrich Studio, Santa Fe, NM, Spring 2017


Artist Karri McLean Allrich is a 1976 graduate of the Corcoran School of Art in Washington D.C., where she studied painting and photography with artists William Christenberry, Mary Beth Edelson, and Gene Davis.

Post art school she has lived and painted in the Berkshire foothills in northwest Connecticut; the Front Range in northern Colorado; a trio of beach towns in Southern California; a juniper dotted rancho in Ojo Caliente, New Mexico; the fragile headlands of Cape Cod, Massachusetts; and rain abundant Portland, Oregon. She currently shares a live-work loft with artist and writer Steve Allrich in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Allrich’s work is in private and public collections in the United States, Canada, Japan, and England, and has recently been featured in film and television, including the David Tennant drama Bad Samaritan, and the final season of the hit television series Grimm.

Commissions and Collections

Nordstrom, Inc.

   On public view at

Pacific Centre, Vancouver B.C.

Yorkdale, Toronto, Canada

Eaton Centre, Toronto, Canada

The Grove, Los Angeles, CA

Del Amo Fashion Center, Torrance, CA

Valley Fair, San Jose, CA

The Village at Corte Madera, CA

Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL

Westfarms Mall, Farmington, CT

Menlo Park Mall, Edison, NJ

Portland, OR

Town of Mashpee, Human Services, Cape Cod, MA

Roger and Sally Horchow, Dallas, TX


Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery, New Artists Show and Fall Show, Portland, OR 2016

Addison Holmes Fine Art Gallery/Addison Art Gallery, Orleans, MA, Solo and Group Shows 1999, 2000, 2001

Blue Heron Gallery, Wellfleet, MA, Solo Show 1996, 1997, 1998

Smith Klein Gallery, Boulder, CO 1998, 1999

Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY, “Mainely Maine” 1997

Smith Klein Gallery, Boulder, CO, “Myth and the Magic of Light” 1997

Abend Gallery, Denver, CO, Holiday Group Show 1996, 1997

Merrill Gallery, Denver, CO, Group Show 1996

NCAA National Juried Exhibition at Lincoln Center, Fort Collins, CO 1996

Cahoon Museum of American Art, Cotuit, MA, “Myth and Memories” 1994

Cape Museum of Fine Arts, Dennis, MA, “Art in the Garden” 1993, 1994

Cahoon Museum of American Art, Cotuit, MA, Group Show 1993

Copley Society, Boston, MA 1993, 1994

Cummaquid Fine Arts, Cummaquid, MA, “Nudes By Invitation” 1993

CCAA, Barnstable, MA, All New England Exhibit 1992, 1993


Cape Cod Life Magazine, Arts Issue 2001

Cape Women Magazine 2001

Pops By The Sea Artist, Arts Foundation of Cape Cod 1993

The Review Magazine 1983

House Beautiful 1980

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