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Karen Essig

Painting since a teenager, inspired by talented mother


Cover & January: 'Stratford Point Light'

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February: 'Sunset Over Russian Beach'

  • Cover & January: 'Stratford Point Lighthouse'

  • February: 'Sunset Over Russian Beach'

My name is Karen Dritenbas Essig.


I was born, raised and still live in Stratford.


I am married to Scott and we have two children, David and Diana, who have given us four wonderful grandchildren.


I have been painting since a teenager, after watching my very talented mother, who also enjoyed painting and inspired me to try.

I started in oil paints and over the years have learned to paint in watercolor, as well. I enjoy painting realistic images in my work. Recently I dabbled with acrylics.

I was commissioned many years ago to paint over 15 art pieces for Hersey Hotel in P.A. One can walk through their lobby or restaurant and see my work.


Now I am a retired nurse from Bridgeport Hospital after 45 years.

Many of my art paintings and designed note cards are available to purchase at the Lordship Corner Market.

To contact Karen, please email:

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