Karin Swildens was born in Holland, raised in
Morocco where she learned French, and studied at "Les Arts
Décoratifs" in Paris.
After her studies, she worked on restorations of "Le Louvre
Museum" paintings, illustrated children's magazines and
was the author and illustrator of a children's book, "Poutou
et Pitchoun" published by Dessain et Torla, Paris, France.
She also designed several scarfs for "Hermès",
one of the top fashion and accessory design companies in Paris.
Stories, experiences, imagination and mythology are the basis
of her inspirations.
She uses archetypal and personal symbols to convey a message
of respect for "Joy and Humor in Life".
In 1980, shortly after coming to the United States she began
to create wood sculptures as a way to see and touch the "other
side" of her paintings.
By 1982 she focused her energy on clay and has loved it with
a passion ever since. Karin's current ceramic works feature
"Horses" and "Women" and the two combined,
"Symbolic Portraits" , "Doors" as experiences
of life, "Talismans" and much more that you will discover
on these pages. Karin Swildens' artwork is shown in many southern
California art galeries.