Healing Reflections: "Climbing Back" by Karen Bejin

Jan 12, 2021 | Hannah Schlotthauer, Administrative Assistant | @schlohan

"Climbing Back"

Story & Art by: Karen Bejin | Chippewa Falls, WI

"Climbing Back," is an idea that came out of my own reflections about people trying to return to "normal."  I don't think it's a matter of one day we'll all just return to the world we left in 2020, as if nothing happened. Especially those who suffered from COVID or lost loved ones have had their lives changed.  Most of us have had our lives interrupted in some way. Many people I talk with are excited to return to "normal," but feel anxious and confused about doing it safely. We all must climb back to our activities in our own way, at our own pace, but we're working on it!


Karen Bejin was born in Menomonie, WI and later moved to Chippewa Falls with her family. She currently lives there with her husband, Bill. She studied drawing, painting and ceramics as an undergrad at UW-EC and UW-W and later studied watercolor with artists Karlyn Holman and Sterling Edwards. She is a member of Valley Art Association and Chippewa Valley Watercolor Artists.  She is part of the Valley Art Gallery (art cooperative) in Chippewa Falls, WI. Her work is currently displayed at Valley Art Gallery in Chippewa Falls and Artisan Forge in Eau Claire, WI.

Karen’s main medium is watercolor, though she includes acrylic, pencil or ink drawing, and collage in some paintings. Drawing is often an important element in her work and she likes to have the lines visible to the viewer


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