Karen Kanas

Karen was raised in Chicago, Illinois and involved in the arts from a very young age. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre - production stage management and costume design from the Performing Arts Center, Barat College of DePaul University. Karen was fortunate enough to work with such theatre companies as Steppenwolf Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Chicago Theatre and Phoenix Theatre to name a few. She studied painting and art history throughout her years in school, in addition to studying architecture and interior design when she moved to Los Angeles, California at UCLA. Karen is inspired by impressionism, post-impressionism, and abstract expressionism which is evident in her style of painting. 

Karen recently received a Special Recognition Award for her painting, The Red Balloon, from Light Space & Time On Gallery for their 2019 All Women Art Exhibition. In December 2018 her paintings, Facing the Future, Grounding, Abstract Coastline and Peacock were on exhibit at Conception Art Show - Los Angeles.Her paintings, Ruins, Autumn, Purple Haze, Self Portrait and Abstract Landscape were on exhibit at Agora Gallery in New York City as part of their collective art exhibition: I Remember You, I Know This Place, November 10 - December 1, 2018. She received a Special Merit Award for her painting The Pier, from Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery for their 2018 Seacapes Exhibition, and Peaks, from Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery for their 2018 Abstracts Art Exhibition; an Honorable Recognition for her abstract painting Peacock, from Contemporary Art Gallery Online for their 2017 All Abstraction Art Exhibition; and her paintings Northern Coast and Purple Haze both received Special Recognition Awards from Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery for their 2017 SeaScapes and Open Art Exhibitions. Her painting Town by the Sea was on exhibit at Western Bureau Arts Annex Gallery in the Silicon Valley as part of their Someone/Someplace: Figures, Portraits & Landscapes Exhibition in August of 2017.

Karen was recently featured in Destig Magazine as one of their Top Artists for 2019. She is also a filmmaker and director of the online series, Shakespeare's Pawn and based three portrait paintings on the characters portrayed by her husband in the first episode of the series. Karen is represented by Agora Gallery New York, New York and a member of the following organizations: Los Angeles Art Association, Arts Action Fund, Americans for the Arts, Arts for LA, and the California Art Club. Karen resides in Los Angeles with her husband, actor Ammar Daraiseh. 



Acrylic on Canvas, 12" x 16"

Abstract Coastline

Acrylic & Gouache on Canvas,
16" x 12"

Night Landscape

Acrylic on Canvas, 6" x 12"

Abstract Landscape

Acrylic on Canvas, 18" x 24"


Acrylic on Canvas, 8" x 10"

Town by the Sea

Acrylic on Canvas, 11" x 14"

Self Portrait

Acrylic on Canvas, 20" x 16"


Acrylic on Canvas, 48" x 24"

Abstract Skyline

Acrylic on Canvas, 8" x 12"

Black Forest

Acrylic on Canvas, 10" x 20"


Acrylic on Canvas, 12" x 16"

Shakespeare's Pawn Art/Film Project: Blood, Sweat & Tears

Acrylic on Canvas, 3 Canvases 30"x 30"

Karen is a filmmaker and director of the online series Shakepeare's Pawn. Portraits painted by Karen are based on the characters portrayed in Episode 1 of the series: Launce from The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Aaron the Moor from Titus Andronicus, and Henry V from Henry V. Thus theme, blood, sweat and tears.