The artist on the rocky coast of Maine "Much of my painting is about a mood or a feeling rather than a documentation of a particular place. It is the essence of the subject I am after. Creating the illusion of detail without actually painting it, is what I find most challenging as a painter."


Born in Boston, Michael B. Karasí artistic talent was recognized at an early age by his educators who further encouraged him to pursue his love of painting. In 1975, he graduated from the New England School of Art and Design and immediately began painting professionally. Living and painting in Gloucester, Massachusetts until 1984, Karas and his wife, Fern, then left Cape Ann, and traveled extensively for over two years painting the wilds of America. Upon their return they settled in Maine, where together they purchased and lovingly restored a two hundred-year-old-farmhouse-overlooking Penobscot Bay. The attached barn became a studio, and for the next eighteen years Karas painted the coast of Maine. His bold, powerful oil paintings have been compared to the likes of Winslow Homer and Frederick Waugh. Rich in color and sensitivity, his marine paintings masterfully express the ever-changing sea. Since 1994, Karas has traveled twice a year to the Lowcountry of South Carolina to paint. He found the soft mud flats and sweeping marshes a stimulating contrast to the hard, rocky coast of New England.

It was during these visits, Karas fell deeply in love with the Lowcountry. He desired to capture the moods of the marsh on a year round basis, to observe the light, seasonal changes and soft dusty colors of moss draped live oak trees. He wanted to know the Lowcountry marshlands as intimately as he had come to know the New England seashore. In the summer of 2004, Michael and Fern said goodbye to Maine and moved to a private sea island in the South Carolina Lowcountry. A new studio has been created that looks out on a tidal creek. The surrounding view of the marsh, majestic live oaks, Spanish moss, palms, palmettos and abundance of bird and wildlife, are the perfect setting to inspire and create his newest works of art.

In his studio

Karas has been painting professionally for over thirty years and has had twenty-eight one-man shows. He has been a member of the Rockport Art Association for twenty-seven years. An elected Fellow of the American Society of Marine Artists, he constantly strives for excellence in painting. His paintings have been exhibited in several art museums throughout the United States, including the following:

Cape Museum of Fine Arts; Dennis, Massachusetts
Connecticut River Museum; Essex, Connecticut
Delaware Art Museum; Wilmington, Delaware
Maine Maritime Museum; Bath, Maine
Newport Art Museum; Newport, Rhode Island
Vero Beach Museum of Art; Vero Beach, Florida

Many fine marine art books have included works by Michael B. Karas. Most recently, Bound for Blue Water, the definitive collection of the best of contemporary American marine art, highlights one of his bold New England seascapes. He has received many awards for his paintings, and was the subject of a feature article in American Artist magazine. Karas has also appeared as a guest painter on John Stobartís Worldscape series, which aired nationally on PBS. Over two thousand of Karasí paintings are included in private, public and corporate collections worldwide, including the following:

MBNA New England; Camden and Belfast, Maine
MBNA America; Wilmington, Delaware
Eye Research Institute of Retina Foundation; Boston, Massachusetts
Sears Roebuck Executive Collection; Chicago, Illinois
Dean Witter Reynolds; New York, New York
Allstate Insurance; Northbrook, Illinois
Bank of Boston; Boston, Massachusetts
L.C. Fulenwider Inc.; Denver, Colorado
Coopers and Lybrand; Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Bradford Brinton Memorial Museum; Big Horn Wyoming
Spring Island Trust; Spring Island, South Carolina
Painting 'Plein Air'

Recognized by collectors and fellow artists as one of the nation's finest marine and landscape painters, Karasí extraordinary oil paintings are internationally prized and personally treasured.


A trophy Bonito Michael B.Karas is an avid salt-water fly fisherman, and always has his fly rod nearby. The time he spends fishing is a perfect opportunity to observe nature. Karas believes observation to be one of the most important elements in creating a painting.



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