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Photo by Angela Chen, taken during Karen Sperling's presentation
at the Professional Photographers of Los Angeles County (PPLAC)

Hi! I’m Karen Sperling and I wrote the original Corel Painter manuals when the software debuted in 1991. Not long after that, I started painting with Adobe Photoshop. I have been painting digital art and teaching how to do it ever since.

I have been painting commissioned paintings for decades and I have exhibited my art in New York and during Art Basel Miami Beach and my paintings are held in private collections internationally.

I have taught how to turn photos into paintings for decades, everywhere from the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) Imaging USA and Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI ) to PPA affiliates, including the class pictured at right from Mid-Atlantic Regional School of Professional Photography (M.A.R.S.), in addition to my in-person Artistry Retreats.

The M.A.R.S. class got rave reviews and I love the one where the photographer sold a painting as soon as she returned to her studio after the class (click here for reviews).

And I have been creating instructional materials as long, including my Artistry videos and webinars and my Painting for Photographers books.

Click here to join the Artistry Academy of Painting for Photographers.

Click here to commission a painting.


Karen Sperling exhibiting her art during Art Basel
Miami Beach.

Karen Sperling teaching a class at Professional
Photographers of America (PPA) School Mid-Atlantic Regional School of Professional Photography (M.A.R.S.)

Karen Sperling:

Corel Painter Master elite

Corel Corporation has named Karen Sperling a member of the Painter Master Elite program and also a Certified Painter Educator.
According to Corel, “These high profile Painter artists are proven masters of their craft having earned the prestigious Painter Master Elite title from the Painter team for their many years of dedicated service to Corel Painter.
As Painter Master Elite artists, they hold a very special place in our hearts. They continue to inspire new artists and Painter feature innovations while also managing to keep us grounded to our world-renowned realistic natural media roots. We would not be where we are today without them and the world will continue to be inspired by their creations.
Whether you are looking for inspiration to develop your own signature style, wanting to dive into learning the ins and outs of Painter, or looking for an artist to create work for you, we highly recommend checking out what these very talented artists have to offer.”

Karen Sperling is a Certified Corel Training Partner.

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