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Incredibly fun paint nights, parties and classes at The Christmas Dove in Barrington, New Hampshire

New Hampshire’s 

Ultimate Creative Experience

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Taking Paint Night to the next level…

Owner and main artist, Karen Busch Holman,  brings you a lifetime of experience to make sure your creations turn out great.  As a children’s book illustrator for 16 years, Karen has developed a teaching technique from her school visits that really works. She has an unusual amount of patience to help even the novice create a beautiful painting.  After teaching at a Paint and Sip franchise, Karen realized she wanted to create her own paintings and atmosphere to work with the individual needs of New Hampshire folks.  She can offer you assistance in just about any form of art you would like!  As a former architect and graphic designer, Karen’s multi-faceted career brings a level of experience not found in many. With this experience comes a depth of knowledge to assist both adults and children to learn and grow as artists. She has created an art studio has all the comforts of home yet adds a creative touch to inspire people to achieve a level of art beyond their dreams!  She is taking the Paint Night concept to the next level. She also teaches private lessons to adults and children, keeping all lessons age and level appropriate so that all can gain confidence in their drawing and painting skills.  As a motivational educator, Karen encourages students to work beyond their level to achieve a greater satisfaction. Whether you are having a special paint party or a corporate team building event, Karen’s professionalism creates a positive outcome and happy painters!


Karen’s Accomplishments…you totally don’t need to read these……possibly a bit boring…..just wanted you to know you are in good hands!  


Children’s Books Illustrated 2001-2018

    Rudy, A Big Horse with a Big Heart, by Diane Robbins Jones

    The Tales of Tickety Boo: Tickety Boo and the Mythological Creatures, by Lucy Bermingham    

    A Cat’s Christmas Tale, by Peter Arenstam

    The Mighty Mastiff of the Mayflower, by Peter Arenstam

    G is for Granite, A New Hampshire Alphabet, by Marie Harris

    Primary Number, A New Hampshire Counting Book, by Marie Harris

    Mitt The Michigan mouse, by Kathy-jo Wargin

    Minn from Minnesota, by Kathy-jo Wargin

    Mitt and Mitt at the Wisconsin Cheese Jamboree, by Kathy-jo Wargin

    Mitt and Minn’s Illinois Adventure, by Kathy-jo Wargin

    Nicholas, A Massachusetts Tale, by Peter Arenstam

    Nicholas, A Maine Tale, by Peter Arenstam

    Nicholas, A New Hampshire Tale, by Peter Arenstam

    Nicholas, A Vermont Tale, by Peter Arenstam

    P is for Passport, by David Scillian - Illustrated the letter “E”


Corporate Team Building

    Created an 80 person corporate team building project for Proctor and Gamble, Cincinnati.  Designed 4 large murals that were painted by 20 person painting teams.

    Created custom paintings for the University of Cincinnati for a team building project


Miscellaneous Commissions

    Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, Dover, NH, Wall and Ceilings Murals for the Primary Place space

    Illustrations for the New Hampshire Folk Art Website

    Coin Design for a limited edition silver coin for Concord, NH


Publications Designed and/or Illustrated

    The Wisdom of Small Farms,  by John Carroll

    Conserving the Family Farm, a UNH publication

    Pastures of Plenty, by John Carroll

    Preserving Old Barns, by John Porter

    Dairy Book, by John Porter

    Landscaping at the Water’s Edge, by Various Authors with UNH Cooperative Extension


Awards, Exhibitions, Grants, Memberships

    National award for design and content of Preserving Old barns, By John Porter

    New England Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition, Duxbury, Massachusetts - 2009

    Artwork selected for the New Hampshire Heirloom Birth Certificate - 2003

    Solo Exhibition - New Hampton School, New Hampton, NH - 1999

    Northeast Watercolor Society National Juried Exhibition - 1991

    New Jersey Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition - 1991

    National Design Student Grant Fellowship

    Found Foundation grant for excellence in studio art

    Member of the New Hampshire Art Association

    NH Art Association Juried Exhibition - 1997, 2016

    National Equine Academy Juried Exhibition, Kentucky - 2015

    New Jersey Equine Academy Juried Exhibition, Basking Ridge, NJ - 2016

    Northeast Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition - 1991

    Garden State Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition - 1992



BFA Design     University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts    


Visiting Illustrator to Elementary Schools & Art Teacher

I have lectured on illustrating books to audiences ranging from 25-500.    

I have taught art to more than 15,000 students over the past 16 years doing my school visits as a children’s book illustrator. 

Guest lecturer at Colby Sawyer College 2004

Guest lecturer at St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH 2005


Before Becoming a Children’s Book Illustrator……


Graphic Designer - Created all marketing for Burgdorff Realtors, the largest Realtor in NJ from 1990-1994


Co-founding partner of an Interior Architectural Firm in NYC.  Designed the offices of many Fortune 500 companies and designed numerous executive homes in New Jersey and NYC.

We are at The Christmas Dove in Barrington!

11 Christmas Lane, Barrington, New Hampshire 03825

603-948-7203 •

If you would like to see some of Karen’s Fine Art, please click here and it will take you to her fine art site……

All paintings and designs are ©karen busch holman 2017


Refined Art NH

at the Christmas Dove

11 Christmas Lane

Barrington, NH 03825


Twitter @refinedartnh