Three Trails Art Studio LLC

Three Trails Art Studio LLC

Meet Artist Karen Kaffenberger

I chose the name Three Trails Art Studio because the name is deeply rooted in the history of the Kansas City area. Back in the mid 1800s, this was the jumping off point for those heading west. It is the only place in the nation where the California Trail, the Oregon Trail, and the Santa Fe trail all share a common alignment.

I think that beautiful art—not prettiness—has emotional, intellectual and spiritual weight. Beauty leads to mystery, to truth. I have found that beautiful art is a great leveler among the barriers and obstacles that divide us as humans and can give us a place of dialogue. I don’t want my art to be “pretty”. I want my art to be beautiful in a way that touches your humanity, that makes you come alive, or reminds you of who you really are, apart from what the world tells you. Something that brings you closer to the human family and reality. My art stands as an open invitation to help people discover true beauty. Come and see!

More about Karen

Karen Kaffenberger is a fine artist and writer living in Kansas City, MO. Largely self-taught, she also studied charcoal portraiture and watercolor at Studio Kandè. In 2021, she studied pastel painting under Master Pastelist (IAPS) Susan Kuznitsky. Stemming from her experiences growing up in rural Missouri, Karen’s current focus is creating Midwestern art using watercolor, pen and ink, and pastels. Her artwork can be found in private collections across the United States. She is a current member of the Midwest Artist Pastel Society. When she’s not busy dodging tornadoes, she enjoys spending time with her family & 2 cats, singing, reading, and embracing life.

Karen’s artwork can be found in private collections across the United States:

Private collection, New York, NY

Private collection, Brooklyn, NY

Private collection, Chicago, IL

Private collection, Elkhart, IN

Private collection, Venice, CA

Private collection, Steubenville, OH

Private collection, Windham, CT

Private collection, Kansas City, MO

Private collection, St. Charles, MO

Private collection, Overland Park, KS

Private collection, Atchison, KS

Private collection, Osage City, KS

“Every authentic art is symbolic: a bridge between two worlds. It expresses a deeper reality – that is, the true reality.” –Nikolai Berdyaev

PRINTS of my most popular work

Original Paintings: Landscapes

Original Paintings: Flowers and tree

Original Paintings: Other