Welcoming impressionistic oil painter Karen Doyle.

“Ocean Ears”

Nike Beach Dog named Stevie

7×5” original oil on panel by Karen Doyle


“Making Friends”

Nike Beach Dog named Daphne

8×8” original oil on panel by Karen Doyle


Karen Doyle paints to express the intense feelings she gets from looking at ordinary beauty – the trees in all the seasons, hillsides, coastlines, and vineyards.  As a dog lover, she is drawn to paint those adorable creatures.

Her oil paintings are filled with juicy color and texture.  Karen’s art is influenced by the light of the California Bay Area where she grew up, and the Pacific Northwest which has been her home for over 25 years.   Karen enjoys sharing her paintings with the local community as much as she can.  

About the artist:

Karen Doyle is an award-winning professional fine artist who creates modern impressionistic paintings en Plein Air (out of doors) and in her studio.  An artist since childhood, Karen began formal art instruction in oils and pastels at age 13.  She studied art during high school and college, and obtained a Certificate in Fine Art at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 1998.

Associations and Memberships

  • Alla Prima Portland
  • American Impressionist Society
  • Arts Council of Lake Oswego
  • Laguna Plein Air Painters Association
  • NIKE Artists Network
  • Phi Beta Kappa Society

Teaching and Demonstrations

  • Alla Prima with Oils, LEAD Conference, Nike, Oregon – October 2018
  • Outdoor Painting for Beginners, LEAD Conference, Nike, Oregon – October 2018

Live Art Fundraising

  • The World is Your Canvas, Live painting for French American International School Annual Gala, Portland Oregon – April 2017



Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway St.

 “Portraiture” featuring regional artists Leah Kohlenberg, Susan Romersa, Patricia Clark-Finley, Rebecca Gore, Mike Mason and Russell J. Young.

“Nike Beach Dogs” is a new series of portraits by Karen Doyle.  Inspired by a photograph of a co-worker’s dog at the beach, Karen solicited doggy beach photos from Nike employees, inspiring these paintings depicting dogs enjoying the fantastic Oregon Coast.

Introducing new emerging artists Tamara Watanabe and Vanessa K. Stokes.

The art selected is a debut exhibition contemplating character in portrait drawings and oil sketches displaying the relationship between artist and sitter as its central subject,” D. Fairweather, gallerist.




Q: What are some interesting facts about the artist, you ask?

A: Karen Doyle has participated in multiple Plein Air paint outs, competitions and workshops, attends the annual Plein Air Convention, and paints in her home studio.  She balances her artistic career with the work of raising two children along with her supportive husband, and working as a Software Engineering Manager at Nike Inc. in Beaverton, Oregon.


Photo collage by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall/ Seaside First Saturday Art Walk photographer.

Fairweather’s opening reception of “Portraiture”

Exhibition view through May 29

Top: Kathy B., Art Walk hostess with emerging artist  Vanessa K. Stokes; artist Deirdra Doan with an artist friend.

Bottom: Katie, Art Walk hostess with artist Karen Doyle talking about her pet portraiture art with her fur-friend; and artist Leah Kohlenberg discussing  her “Portraiture” Exhibition art and Katie.

To see more about the doggie paintings by Karen, go to:


Update: Two Nike dog portraits SOLD at Faiweather’s.

Grace note received.

“Wow!  I just opened your card.  Your words are wonderfully strong and powerful, and made me feel amazing!  Thank you so much for your generosity of support, and the opportunity.  I will pass the Ode to the Tides exhibit info along to my Nike friends, especially the two coming out to pick up their doggie portraits. I know that there is room for the doggies through July “Make Waves” as we discussed.  I would be honored by an invitation to show new art in your beautiful space in the coming months. With gratitude, Karen


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