Koren Volk started her art career in an unknown hamlet on the bald prairies of Saskatchewan. (That’s in Canada, if you’re wondering.) She started drawing stick figures at an early age, thinking that the skinny look (think “Twiggy”) would be perceived as quite flattering and bring her success among women patrons. Sadly, most of the patrons in the hamlet were her sisters (I did say the town was small), and, having been born with seriously skinny genes, they were, instead, saddened by the lack of shape in the stick figures.
It was many years later that Koren decided to abandon stick figures and learn to draw something that looked more like a real person. She bought a book, hid away for a couple years (did I mention she’s painfully introverted, so that wasn’t a problem for her) and taught herself to draw. Encouraged by her success, and with the help of some workshops and lessons, she expanded into painting (oils and watercolors). And if you’ve looked at the rest of her website, you will have seen that she’s really pretty good at landscapes and doors!
Like most successful part-time artists, Koren lives in Brooklyn Heights, where she keeps a small studio that gives her a quiet private place to paint when she isn’t travelling around looking for more doors to paint or visiting her five sisters.
Written by one of Koren’s shapeless, extroverted sisters who couldn’t draw a stick person with a ruler.