By the Bay Gallery in Morro Bay, California
By the Bay Gallery is open daily and featuring American crafts and fine jewelry since 1988
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Karen Neely


Karen Neely has been an award winning artist since the age of 16. Born in Monterey California, Karen is the daughter of renowned artist Joyce Wade and Naval Aviator John Wade. Her father’s work assignments lead to vast travel opportunities, and as a result, Karen became acquainted with many beautiful seaside destinations including the central coast of California.

Karen was quickly inspired by the breathtaking beauty of the ocean and the splendors of vineyards, gardens and surrounding landscapes. However, she attributes, the real foundation for her love of art to her mother’s calling. Her mom took her to the ocean to paint, and to teaching engagements. Together, they attended art exhibits and went to museums. Her early memories were always influenced by art.

At age 11, Karen began selling her work. She was awarded the Junior Achievement Award at 16, and in that same year she was featured in a Contra Costa Times article, “Three Creative Teens.” Karen continued to study formally at Chico State, San Francisco State, and the San Francisco Art Academy. She has taught painting and craft classes in schools and summer camps throughout Northern California and Canada. After Karen’s father retired, her parents were active in the start-up of “art-in-the-park” type events that are somewhat common today. That plus their undertaking of three galleries kept a great venue always available.

Karen currently resides with her family in Northern California where she continues to envision and paint incredibly detailed works of art, primarily in acrylics. She favors miniatures and smaller images. Each one is an original. Her main focus is coastal scenes, vineyards, birds and other sites along the Central Coast of California.

Karen’s works are included in prominent collections world wide, and on occasion, adorn the walls of business such as wineries and home décor shops. Prized and sought after by avid art collectors, Karen Neely’s colorful little paintings can be found in fine galleries throughout the country.

895 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, CA 93442 | 805-772-5563 |
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