Karen Baden Thapa

Fine Art Printmaking

Printmaking is a craft as much as it is an art form. I make fine art prints at the Civic Art Studio in Walnut Creek where they have a beautiful, large, etching press. I have a background in painting so I love the more painterly process of making monotypes and monoprints. For me, they begin with either an etched copper plate or a poly plate. I ink the plate and often add inked handmade or found paper elements and run it through the press which applies very high pressure. Then, the press does its magic and all of my textures and lines are compressed into one flat image. After the paper dries, I often go in with watercolors to highlight certain areas.

My latest series of hand pulled prints is called “Croplands”.  I am exploring the shapes and colors of agriculture and how the landscape changes with the seasons .  Some of the images show a mosaic of crops, farming towns and nearby rivers and estuaries.  In other images I have used primarily brown ink to show the effects of warming temperatures and either a lack of water or too much water.    

I also have a series of prints called “Waterways” that explores similar, agricultural, imagery using mostly blues and greens.  I love birds and spend time each winter in the California Delta looking for sandhill cranes and other migrating birds.   They usually nest near the flooded rice fields.  The series includes rivers, marshes, estuaries and salt flats.  

Mediums:  Printmaking, Watercolors, Mixed Media Collage


1983, Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of California, Berkeley

1979-80, Art History Studies, University of the Sorbonne, Paris, France

Teachers & Mentors:

Bill Harsh, Printmaker & Painter

Mira M. White, Painter

Jim Melchert, Sculpture & Art Books

Joan Brown, Painter

Elmer Bischoff, Painter

Art Association Memberships

Lamorinda Arts Alliance-  VP of Exhibitions

Alamo Danville Artists' Society-  Artist member

Arts Benicia-  Artist member

Concord Art Association-  Artist member

Healdsburg Center For the Arts-  Artist member