59 Wareham Street, Studio #1
Boston, Massachusetts 02118





“Life is a beautiful place.” This awareness motivates me and offers emotional and spiritual balance in an increasingly teetering world.

“Uplifting” and “happy” is what people say about my paintings, mixed media, and 3D work. Gratifying and fascinating, since I aim to convey life’s joy and nature’s exuberance alongside escalating environmental degradation and global health and climate crises

With resplendent color and expansive motion, my visual, visceral language translates science and data to help shift our awareness, understanding, and habits toward making our world healthier and sustaining life on it. Five decades of swimming and meditation underpin the rhythms and energies that weave through my work. Humor has a place, too.

Childs Gallery’s 2020 exhibition “Making Waves” features a selection of paintings from my Goddess series and copper reliefs from my Sea Change series. Moesian Gallery’s 2020 show “Human/Nature” will include my mixed media painting “Breathing Fire, Freezing Hot”. For a juried exhibition at the FPAC Gallery, in collaboration with USEA artists Annie Zeybekoglu, Tristan Govignon, and Sara Zielinski, I created “Messaging Nature”. Spanning three generations, we four say “We all have messaging natures. Our human nature is to love and care for each other and our world.” Originally scheduled to open in April, we hope to install the show in the future.

Artist Biography

Artist, author, architect, and advocate, Karen Lee Sobol explores our spiritual and physical realms. In many media, her art celebrates nature and human nature. An alumna of Radcliffe College and the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Karen Lee has shown her work at both. Abroad, her work has been shown in London, Amsterdam, Cracow, and Tblisi. Her memoir–Twelve Weeks: An Artist’s Story of Cancer, Healing, and Hope–is illustrated with her art.

An affiliated artist with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Karen Lee expands her reach in the worlds of art and science. Her service includes the New England Aquarium, Save Venice/Boston chapter, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.