Art is Happening!

Sept. 7 through October 31 at The Bainbridge Island Library !

Join me for Art Walk , Friday, September 7 from 5 to 8PM – Art will be happening right there and then! I will bring some art supplies … and we will see what happens..!.!

Two of my pieces will be on show for this 2 months long group show of Bainbridge Artists. Part of art sale proceeds will be donated to the library  #supportyourlibrary #supportartists #supportartmaking

Art walk Invite Library 2018

Artwork by Karen Chaussabel – Harvest of the Heart XIX – Mixed media on watercolor paper – inks, threads


HEARTS – February 1-28, 2017  – The Island Gallery, Bainbridge Island, WA –

Karen Chaussabel’s Hearts
The artist follows her own threads of inspiration to create a series of connecting mixed media works for the wall and simpatico clay renderings, using as her primary focus the eternal symbols of vitality and love. This collection invites the viewer to interact on a very personal level, using sight, touch, and each of our own sparks of recognition to discover the true shape of our own hearts



The Island Gallery:

For a peek into the process and inspirations for Cradled Hearts watch the video!



OPENING AUGUST 5, 2016 – DynamiC DOZEN –

at the island gallery, Bainbridge island, wa



Group Art Show at The Island Gallery, Bainbridge Island, WA

Group Art Show at The Island Gallery, Bainbridge Island, WA

1st piece from the right on the poster is Morning Sea Ripple – Encaustic Monotype

It is a very mixed media group show of painting, wood, textile, ceramic, sculpture and more!

I am presenting an encaustic monotype series that evokes sea, sky, horizons.




TOP: Sea Splash – SOLD – BOTTOM: Morning Sea Ripple


TOP : Exuberance – BOTTOM: The Sea Before Me

Harvest of the Heart 

The Island Gallery – July 2015 – Opening July 10  – 5:30pm to 8pm

I grew up harvesting cherries from a cherry orchard, vegetables from my parents, grandparent’s gardens. Abundance was shared. We gave and neighbors brought and shared what they grew, raised. Our family also gleaned chestnuts,  foraged for wild blueberries, raspberries, mushrooms.  There was a bounty from nature, wild and cultivated that permeated my childhood.

This is the story woven into Harvest of the Heart.

Harvest of the Heart Encaustic, Paper K. Chaussabel

Harvest of the Heart
Encaustic, Paper
K. Chaussabel

Harvest of the Heart  is a body of work that came to be in nature (more on that in my post) , and later on in the studio it grew, emerged from pools of molten wax, spreading and sinking into paper – along with a touch of pen.

It evokes bounty, harvest,  ripeness and my childhood roots in the country side in France.

ripening Collage

Harvest of the Heart Encaustic, paper, pen K. Chaussabel



Museum of Northwest Art  MoNA –  Art Auction –

June 19-21, 2015 – La Conner, WA

One of my piece “Abundant Life – Fullness I” – an encaustic mixed media on paper (one with leaf inclusion) is offered at The Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner, WA for their silent auction this upcoming weekend, June 19-21. They have an amazing selection of work from local artists and I am honored to be part of this event.

This is the link for the catalog – my piece is on page 35:…/20…/U121707_F337780/FLASH/index.html

Abundant Life - Fullness I Paper, encaustic, oil pastel, pen Copyright K. Chaussabel

Abundant Life – Fullness I
Paper, encaustic, oil pastel, pen
Copyright K. Chaussabel

Abundant Life - Fullness I Paper, encaustic, oil pastel, pen Copyright K. Chaussabel

Abundant Life – Fullness I
Paper, encaustic, oil pastel, pen
Copyright K. Chaussabel

P 35 - Auction Catalog MoNA

P 35 – Auction Catalog MoNA



Attend to Beauty – June 1 to 30 – Bainbridge Island Library 

Opening Friday, June 5th from 5PM to 8PM
1270 Madison Ave N
Bainbridge Island, WA
(206) 842-4162

Attend to Beauty_6_5_15


My pieces reflect the way that materials, thread and encaustic especially, guide my process, enable me to express and cultivate my voice.

Included in the show are “Gentle Strength” from the Exploring! series, “Wild Blue Yonder”Into the Horizon series- Play on Words and Following the Thread


Coming up!

I have been invited to join The Island Gallery – here on Bainbridge Island – and I am excited for my upcoming debut there in July!  Details forthcoming.

In the meantime, you will find my tote bags and notebooks featuring my artwork amongst the delightful selection of clay, wood and fiber creations from other artists! Their blog gives preview of the current works on show :


400 Winslow Way East, #120
Bainbridge Island Washington 98110
206 780-9500
Hours: Mon-Fri 11-6pm, Sat 10-5, Sun 12-4

Exploring! – Grace Church, Bainbridge Island, WA – Feb. 1 – March 30, 2015


This is the story of an encounter that led me on a creative journey across time and different art media.  It is an encounter that took pace in Zacatecas, Zac. Mexico. In the midst of the ruins of Ex-convento San Francisco, now Museo Rafael Coronel, stood before me this majestic agave plant. It was large, full of life. I was struck by its presence, its vitality. This is the starting point for Exploring! .  I followed this thread of inspiration through different media. I explored form and feeling printing, painting, stitching on papers of various kinds, with encaustic, ink, fibers. It is a body of work that represents my delight in exploring, tool in hand, heart open.

Complete show catalog:

Sample Images

K. Chaussabel - Exploring - Emerging

Emerging Reborn – Monotype – K. Chaussabel

K. Chaussabel - Exploring

Abundant Life – Giving & Receiving – Paper, encaustic – K. Chaussabel

K. Chaussabel - Exploring

Effervescence – Paper, encaustic, pencil, thread – K. Chaussabel

K. Chaussabel - Exploring

Substantial I – Monotype – K. Chaussabel

Born from the Earth

Born from the Earth

Reaching to the Sky

Reaching to the Sky

Tierra & Ternura (Earth & Tenderness)

Tierra & Ternura (Earth & Tenderness)

Abundant Life - Giving & Receiving

Abundant Life – Giving & Receiving

Art in the Woods – Studio Tour – Nov. 9-11, 2012

Come, see, feel,
hold cradled hearts!
To have, to share,
and cherish

Preview the Cradled Hearts collection online on this photo Gallery:

I will be at Studio #19 – Paula Suter Photography
21482 Big Valley Road NE
Poulsbo, WA 98370
Studio Tour Hours are 10AM to 5PM


Art in the Woods Website:

I’m looking forward to your presence.

Cradle (n.)      a. The earliest period of life b. A place of origin; a birthplace
        (v.)     c. To care for or nurture in infancy d. To hold or support protectively

April 9- May 8, 2010 – Dallas Wax: Melting Point, at The Plano Art Center

Join us on April 9 for the opening, from 6 to 8PM

February 6, 2010 – March 26, 2010

Starting the New Year at PFAmily Arts in Plano with Dallas Wax: Fusion. Join us for the opening on February 6 from 6:30 to 8:30PM.

December 20 – Holiday Bazaar at The Encaustic Center

I will be there from 11AM to 3PM. I am bringing small unframed monotypes of a series called “Harvest of the Heart.” It comes in tones of blue, yellow and green and orange.

Harvest of the Heart Serie

Harvest of the Heart Serie

December 4 to 26

I really liked the idea for the 9×12 works on paper show at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center and sent them 5 pieces. 4 of them are collages with thread and one is an encaustic monotype. The following piece, called “Life Force” is a collage of kozo paper with ink washes, collaged thread and a small piece of encaustic (in yellow and blue).

Life Force

November 20 – December 2o

Come and join me on Friday November 2oth at The Encaustic Center in Richardson for the opening of “Two Journeys” from 6 to 9PM.

Susan Sponsler and I will do demos, talk about materials and process from 7:30 to 8:30PM

You can preview my work by clicking on the image below

Wild Blue Yonder – Encaustic Monotype

November 5, 2009

I have donated one of my encaustic monotype, Afternoon Sea Splash, to the Dallas Children’s Adocacy Center. They are holding their Art+Advocacy silent auction on Thursday, November 5, 2009, 7:00 to 10:00 pm
Three Three Three First Avenue

Art+ Advocacy 2009

Art+Advocacy 2009

You can browse the complete art catalogue for this event here:

and find out more about this event here:

October 3 – December 24, 2009

Celebrating our Creative Spirit – Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

I have a mixed media collage on paper piece, Play on Words, at the Texas Federation of Fiber Artists show at the Houston Center for Contempotary Craft. You can find out more about this piece on my blog Main Page

August 12 -October 8, 2009

4 of my monotypes are part of the TCC Southeast campus show Texas Wax/Dallas – Encaustic Methods and Techniques

4 of my monotypes are part of the TCC Southeast campus show Texas Wax/Dallas – Encaustic Methods and Techniques

Hours for public viewing are from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

TCC Invite

I have entered 5 pieces in the following local show at The Encaustic Center:

WAXY 100, August 14-September 30, 2009

100 encaustic works of art under $100

The big Waxy 100 show is coming right up!

Please save the date for this fantastic event!
Encaustic wax painters have created wonderful pieces, all under $100!
The quality of work and joy creating them really shines through and sharing these works will be great fun.

Opening reception
Friday, August 14th 7:00 to 10:00 pm

The event will include a demonstration by Bonny on Painterly Techniques and Deanna on Painting and Collage.

Food, Wine and Fun!

Sign up for one of our workshops or workdays that evening and receive 10% off!

MELTDOWN – Art Hotel Gallery, July 11- August 8, 2009

Meltdown Invitation - Art Hotel

July 11-August 8, 2009

I have two encaustic monotypes in the MELTDOWN show at the Art Hotel Gallery in Dallas. The show showcases TEXASWAX Dallas encaustic artists. I will be at the opening on July 11.

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