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Art by Alaskan's Don and Karen Cornelius

The Artists

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Alaskan artists Don and Karen Cornelius live and paint amidst the splendor of the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska.  Their Petersburg home is surrounded by the wilderness that inspires their art.  Mountain vistas, seascapes and old growth forests all find their way into their plein air and studio paintings. 

Don primarily paints in alkyds (fast-drying oils).  Plein air and studio subjects range from scenic vistas to close-up studies, wildlife and portraits.  His plein air subjects include paintings completed on their southeast Alaska island as well as during road trips through Alaska, Yukon, British Columbia, Alberta, Wisconsin and Iowa as well as many Pacific and Rocky Mountain states.

Karen paints in watercolors and has recently branched into acrylics.  Her favorite subjects include flowers and animals -- both wild and domestic.  Details of feathers and stones, icebergs against mountains as they follow ocean currents. and not-so-well-behaved puppies lend flavor to her watercolor collection.

For studio painting both Don and Karen use thousands of photographs taken during Don’s 55 years and Karen’s 43years living and exploring Alaska as well as western Canada, Wisconsin, the southwest and Pacific northwest.

We hope you enjoy our website.  If you see any artwork of interest or would like to see more, please contact us at 907 772-4864 or at  We are also represented by Petersburg's Firelight Gallery who can handle any transactions.


In addition, we have now added a Blog, Artwork by Don and Karen Cornelius.  You can view it at

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Karen gets the approval of her favorite critic on a plein air watercolor painting.

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