Coffee Creations Art Painting by Karen Eland
Karen Eland re-creates famous masterpieces with espresso coffee instead of paint. Reproducing everyone from Da Vinci to Van Gogh, skilled artist Karen, 36, from Bend, Oregon now makes a living with her coffee art
Karen has been a creator since childhood, but a portrait class at age 14 unexpectedly propelled her into an art career. Her love for coffee was born in the late Kaldi’s Coffeehouse in New Orleans, where she would go everyday to sketch her fellow French Quarter locals while sipping a black coffee with a dash of nutmeg on top.
After moving back home to Tulsa, Oklahoma, she was introduced to the joys of top-quality espresso at Nordaggio’s Coffee, and finally the link between coffee and art connected when she began painting with it.
Soon she learned the art of espresso itself by becoming a barista, though art is now her full-time job. Painting in coffee is a refreshing break from Karen’s work in oils, watercolor, and pencil.