Elected to RCA in 2018

Born in the Peak District in 1981, Karina Barrett has lived and painted in Snowdonia since graduating from Glyndŵr University in 2004.

“As an adult I fear the digital age and have a propensity to romanticize 19th and early 20th century artistic ideologies. I aim to express something of this notion in the atmosphere of my work. The wild extremities, to which I am drawn, are often the focus of my work; in particular, the landscape high up in the mountains above my home in Llanberis. I also find inspiration in coastal locations and in recent years much of my work has been influenced by visits to fishing communities in north-eastern Scotland.

My intention as a painter is to create movement and to capture light within a painting. I lay areas of opacity upon translucidus remnants of expression. Layers of tone, loose brushwork and lines, help me to build the desired sensory climate.”


Chwilio Safle