Morean artist Karen Tullo wins Mark Pheiffer Award

24 Nov 2020, Posted by Robin McGowan in Community, News, Press Releases

Karen Tullo, is a lifelong resident of Pinellas County who has lived in St. Petersburg most of her life. The self-trained Fine Artist has been a supporter and member of the Morean Arts Center for many years.” Earlier this year, her entry in the 20 x 20 show was selected for the Mark Pheiffer Memorial Award for Work in Metal or Sculpture by jurist Chad Mize.
Mark was born in South Africa and while spending much of his youth outdoors gained a love for the beauty of nature and natural resources including the sea. He served in the South African Army and earned an Associate’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and was a Certified Diesel Fitter. He moved to Florida from and at the Morean Arts Center had the opportunity to explore his interest in making jewelry with metals. One of his goals was to incorporate his love for nature into his works of jewelry.
Tullo also explores landscapes and environments seeking inspiration for her art. With her extensive background in graphic arts, photography and photo editing, she has a curator’s eye for found objects. Her work has evolved from collages, a crushed can with a straw preserved in resin to combining found objects with new.
“I like to have a cheeky title and be between pointing out the impact of trash, the intrigue of what people throw down, but also to have fun and be a bit whimsical,” she said. She started work on ‘Cheap Plastic Crap’ before the craziness of 2020 had reached any crescendos. “The idea of the year, wasn’t the focus of what I wanted to present to the public. I wanted be outside of that. To not dwell on it and work outside of that with happy,” she added.
Tullo is well-established in the St. Petersburg arts community. She is herself an alum of St. Pete High School and her son Aaron, a fine art muralist also graduated from St. Pete High School. She has done some commissions with specific toys that are collectibles or hold special meaning to the collector. Her work that merges found and new objects may also be found on Etsy.

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