Kari Dahle O’Connell was born in Tromso, Norway and raised in Oslo. She immigrated to United States in 1960 where she spent some time living in New York City and Manhasset, NY. Her art career began in Dallas, Texas where she first studied watercolor painting with Linda McCall. After retirement, she and her husband relocated to Florida where Kari launched her art career. Fort Lauderdale provided Kari with a rich art community and she trained with nationally renowned Sally Cooper.
Kari uses an intuitive process to create acrylic paintings on canvas, wood and paper. For her, painting is a dynamic process where she builds upon the elements of her surroundings to create stunning works of art that are open to interpretation by the viewer.
Kari has won numerous awards with art organizations of Florida. She is a signature member of the Florida Watercolor Society and the Gold Coast Watercolor Society, the Broward Art Guild, and the Women in the Visual Arts. Her artwork is collected in Europe as well as in U.S.A. Currently, Kari resides in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with her husband.
“My Nordic roots have influenced my appreciation of light, color and texture. My approach to the canvas is without preconceived notions and I allow the intuitive process to guide me. I seek to capture luminosity and atmosphere and interpret it through my use of the elements of color and texture. My paintings reflect these sensations.”