Karen Baden Thapa

Fine Art Printmaking & Collage

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 French/American 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 “Sea & Shore”.  I am exploring the ocean and how it is being changed by humans .  I read about the necropsy of a sea turtle where they found 17 plastic bags in its stomach. One of my etchings shows a turtle that is eating a plastic bag instead of a jelly fish which is their normal food.

I also have a series of prints called “Croplands” that focuses on agricultural imagery, mostly from above.  I made some monotypes using sepia ink to show crop circles that are brown due to lack of water. The series includes rivers, marshes, and estuaries near agricultural lands.  

Mediums:  Printmaking, Acrylics, Mixed Media & Photography


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

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

Teachers & Mentors:

Tori Sugita, Printmaker

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