"It’s something I never dreamed I could do!" says Karen Mitchell, speaking of her art exhibit to be displayed at The Commercial Bank of Mason during the month of October.
Mitchell says she has always loved the Hill Country and the beauty it has to offer…everything from the wild flowers in the spring to the wild life everywhere.
"I remember my grandfather, who lived 90 years in the same spot in Llano County, saying the view from his front porch, overlooking the Llano River, was the most beautiful sight in the world. As a child I thought he was a little crazy and I just didn’t get it but as an adult I have learned what he was talking about!"
After building a home near the Castell community, Karen began photographing hummingbirds in her back yard, then decided she needed a better camera to catch the beauty of the flighty creatures. She soon began shooting other wild life and then expanded to historical buildings and landscapes. A friend gave her and her husband, Greg, a longhorn steer they named "Buttercup" and she took several pictures of him then became intrigued with the digital imaging she could produce on her computer. Last Christmas she gave several shots of Buttercup to nieces and nephews called "Buttercup on Acid"!!
Several of her pieces have been sold by a dealer in Llano and she has been asked to sell her work in Cloudcroft, New Mexico. It was when Bobbie McMillan, President of The Commercial Bank saw her work and asked if she would display it with them that got her thinking that maybe she really does have a talent she didn’t know about! Karen is known by many in Mason because of her solo work at numerous churches. In her "real life", Karen and her husband own a consulting firm that contract with municipalities throughout the state of Texas for City Planning and Building Inspections services.