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.

Mark making is for me a form of access, a means to explore the intersection of perception and imagination, where skill and surrender meet, using the lush and beautiful language of paint.

Recurring themes and subjects in my abstract work are rooted in the natural world. I am inspired by the transformative elements of water, time, and weather, as well as the mapping of memory, dreams and place, within and without the body.

Karri McLean Allrich



Mid-century born in the heart of New England, American 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 crisscrossed the country, living and painting on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, coastal California, northern Colorado, the Berkshire foothills in northwest Connecticut, Portland, Oregon, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Austin, Texas. She is married to artist and screenwriter Steve Allrich. They have two sons.


McLean Allrich’s work is in private and public collections in the United States, Canada, England, and Japan. She has participated in numerous one-woman gallery shows, group exhibits, and juried exhibitions throughout her career, from Boston and Cape Cod, MA; to New York, NY; Denver, Fort Collins, and Boulder, CO.

For the last six years Karri has been commissioned by Nordstrom to create multiple large abstract works.

East Coast: Westfarms Nordstrom, Farmington, Connecticut; the flagship Nordstrom Mens Store, Manhattan, NY; Nordstrom Menlo Park, Edison, New Jersey; Nordstrom Burlington, Burlington, Massachusetts; Nordstrom Towson Town Center, Towson, Maryland; Nordstrom Perimeter Mall, Atlanta, Georgia; Nordstrom The Streets at Southpoint, Durham, NC; and Nordstrom The Gardens, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

West Coast: Ms. Allrich’s work is on view in California at Nordstrom Century City, and The Grove, Los Angeles; University Towne Center in San Diego; Del Amo Fashion Center, Torrance; The Village at Corte Madera; and Nordstrom Valley Fair in San Jose. In the Pacific Northwest, at Nordstrom Bellevue Square, and Nordstrom Alderwood, Lynnwood, Washington; and Nordstrom Downtown Portland, Portland, Oregon.

Her work is also on view at Nordstrom Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois; Nordstrom Stonebriar Centre in Frisco, Texas; and Nordstrom Fashion Show, Las Vegas, Nevada.  

In Canada, Karri’s work is on view at Nordstrom Yorkdale Shopping Centre, and Nordstrom Toronto Eaton Centre, Toronto; and the Pacific Centre, in Vancouver, BC.

Ms. Allrich has also shown work with ARTERRA, Bellevue, WA; The Seattle Design Center, Seattle, WA; and the Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery, Portland, OR. Her artwork was featured in the set design of the David Tennant film, Bad Samaritan (2018), and the final season of the television series, Grimm (2017).


Abstract paintings by artist Karri McLean Allrich, in black and white abstract expressionism.
Commission for private collector, Toronto, Canada, 2018.



Nordstrom, Inc.

Town of Mashpee, Human Services, Cape Cod, MA

Roger and Sally Horchow, Dallas, TX



Arterra, Bellevue WA 2017, 2018

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

Arterra, Seattle Design Center, Seattle, WA 2016, 2017

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

SmithKlein Gallery, Boulder, CO 1998, 1999

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

SmithKlein 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

Richard’s Gallery, Solo Show, Hyannis, MA 1982

Sailor’s Valentine Gallery, Solo Show, Nantucket, MA 1981



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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