Mark making is for me a form of access rather than expression. An ever-challenging practice of process and discovery, using the lush and beautiful language of paint. I am inspired first by the natural world. Nature as Muse. And in technique, by the abstract expressionism movement, rooted in the gestural, dynamic, and spontaneous way of painting. My work is not pre-planned, it is instead explored. This surrender to the materials- the paint, the tools, the surface- becomes a dialogue with the work itself and its inspiration. A call and response. Improvisation. One learns this way to listen, pay attention, and react. The painting will always have its way with you. She will take you where she wants to go.

~Karri McLean Allrich


About the Artist

KARRI ALLRICH STUDIO, PDX

Mid-century born in central Connecticut, artist Karri McLean Allrich is a 1976 graduate of the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington DC.

Post art school she has crisscrossed the country, living and painting on both coasts, from Cape Cod to Santa Monica, from the Rockies to the Berkshires, and the Northwest to the Southwest. She is married to artist and screenwriter Steve Allrich. They currently abide near Austin, Texas.

Allrich’s work is in private and public collections in the United States, Canada, England, and Japan. She has participated in numerous solo gallery shows, group exhibits and invitationals, and was recently commissioned by Nordstrom to create multiple abstract works, on view at select stores in the United States and Canada. 

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