Karen Nelson

Folk Art School

Vesterheim Folk Art School

Karen Nelson

Karen Nelson's rosemaling journey started in Stoughton, Wisconsin, where she was born to a Norwegian father and a Swiss mother. She moved to California as a child, but many Norwegian traditions were taught and rosemaling was always a decoration in her home. She always wanted to learn to paint rosemaling and discovered Vesterheim Museum when she decided to take up a hobby. The rest, as they say, is history.  She has studied with American and Norwegian teachers and is a Vesterheim Gold Medalist.

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