About the Artist

Karri Allrich Painting Studio, Portland, Oregon


Painting is an act of discovery, an exploration beyond words, involving the whole body- heart and muscle and bone. An alchemy of motion, memory, and spirit.


The act of mark making is a form of access, a way to explore the interconnectivity of skill and chance, 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, inspired by years of landscape painting, multiple genres of music, and the spontaneous, imperfect captures of iphonegraphy. Recent explorations include the transformative elements of water, evidential tracks and remnants, the rockslide passage of time, and mapmaking.

Diverse influences in painting and process include the abstract work of Georgia O’Keeffe, and the painterly expressionism of Joan Mitchell, Willem de Kooning, Perle Fine, and Gerhard Richter.


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



Artist Karri Allrich is a 1976 graduate of the Corcoran School of Art in Washington D.C., where she studied painting and photography with 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 of Southern California; a juniper dotted rancho in Ojo Caliente, New Mexico; the fragile, exquisite headland 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.

Her 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



Selected Exhibits

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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