MaryBeth Karaus is a graduate of the DAAP program of the University of Cincinnati, but her artistic training began years before any formal study. As the daughter of a passionate artist, she was raised with an intrinsic appreciation and understanding of art.
Karaus first began her career as an artist in watercolors, a form she was drawn to from the teaching of Robert James Foose of the University of Kentucky. As a watercolor artist she participated in the Kentucky Watercolor Society Aqueous Show, the Lexington Art League Nude Show and the Cincinnati Art Club Viewpoint show. She also became a signature member of the Cincinnati Art Club.
After concentration for sometime in the medium of watercolor, she began studying oil painting beginning with a workshop with respected artist Dan Gerhartz in 2004. In 2006 she won the Top Award of Excellence from the juried exhibition of Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati. In 2012 she took an intensive study of classical drawing and painting with David Mueller. Her work was accepted into the Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition in 2008, 2009, 2012, 2015, and 2017, and she was awarded status of Signature Member of OPA in 2015.
Karaus currently displays her work at Eisele Gallery of Fine Art in Cincinnati, Ohio, Reinert Fine Art in Charleston, South Carolina, and Wally Workman Gallery in Austin, Texas.