KAREN ANDERSON

Artist/Illustrator

Simplicity, clarity, singleness: These are the attributes that give our lives power and vividness and joy as they are also the marks of great art. They seem to be the purpose of God for his whole creation. -- Richard Holloway

Karen Anderson (1960-2004), Artist/Creator of GRACE MANNERS (G&M) was a passionate advocate of art education, libraries as centers that build communities, and all expressions of human kindness. Her commitment to public service was cut short when she succumbed to Hughes {Antiphospholipid} Syndrome leaving Grace & Manners to complete her vision of impacting the global experience between social and creative entrepreneurs to inspire, connect, and benefit our shared responsibility.

As a graduate of the Art Institute Of Atlanta in the ‘80s, Karen honed her illustrating skills by studying the works of her two favorite illustrators, Joe Eula and Rueben Toledo, and was inspired by the work of her favorite designers -- Thierry Mugler, Vivienne Westwood, Bella Freud, Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, and Isaac Mizrahi.  She celebrated these artisans and their universal contributions as "…benevolent custodians of beauty, brilliance, and glamour …".  

Karen never gave up one interest for another.  She sought to use her skills in the visual and performing arts, arts education, and video production to make a difference.  Each of her creative interests merged and inspired the next one -- all of them working to serve the highest and greater common good for the human family.  She NEVER stopped drawing, sculpting, painting, and producing visual products.  Even during the challenges of her illness, she turned her concerns to philanthropy and patient advocacy.  Grace & Manners is committed to broadening the impact of the arts in communities, and to engage with like-minded people around the world in the principle that imagination and vision are the ultimate economic resources.