Individualized, Personal Help with Your Paintings

Looking to get to the next level faster?

The Online Personal Tutor

  • Stuck on your painting? I can help!
  • Need help getting started?
  • Questions about Composition? Color? Focal Point?
  • You email me photos of your painting, I will give you an in depth, private critique with answers to your questions and detailed suggestions on how to move forward. Using examples, short videos, photoshop corrections, whatever is needed!
  • Take as long as you like. No time limit! Up to 6 individual critiques for one painting.

Click Here to purchase a Personal Tutor Session - $60



Just need a little private help?

Single Private Critique

  • Same attention as the Private Tutor above
  • Just one Critique
  • Use this option if you know you will only need a little help

Click Here to Purchase a Single Critique - $20



Member Reviews:

"I will defiantly purchase personal critiques again as Karen is a super teacher and has a wonderful eye.  If you are thinking about buying some of Karen's won't be sorry!  Fantastic!"

-Lynda Dineen


"You are immensely, definitively helpful and very timely and generous in your responses.  This  is appreciated when someone is in the middle of something and not having to wait.  Your values email and 3 tutorial videos were packed with helpful suggestions and the teaching methods to help accomplish those suggestions.  Your style is a perfect mix of encouraging and stick with it coaching.  To me it is actually great that it is internet coaching - I've been to a few teachers that try to take the paintbrush out of your hand to paint on your painting in "their" style.  You encourage individuals to find their own style and I very much appreciated that.  This was a great investment for me and I would encourage ANYONE who wants to improve their painting or who needs help with something to use your tutoring process.  Thank you so much.  I really think my nephew and his new bride will be pleased with the outcome."

-Mary Jamieson


"Having never taken instructional art classes before I was a bit hesitant to sign up for Karen's personal tutoring but having seen her work I knew that she's an exceptionally talented artist and having watched all of her free tutorials I knew that I liked her style of teaching so I gave it a try and ended up with my finest painting to date.  Her guidance, instruction and suggestions were all on point and her utilization of Photoshop is extremely helpful in getting points across. I plan to take advantage of her tutoring again and highly recommend her to others."

-Kathy Karol


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Comment by Patricia Soik on June 24, 2018 at 11:39am

Hi Karen:  I purchased the Personal Tutor program today....I am just a very beginner.  I started the lavender field painting but feel stuck already.  Let me know how I can get a photo of it to you.  I'm still on the "blocking" section.  

Comment by Catherine on March 26, 2018 at 9:49pm

Hi Karen, I have figured out the payment,... but not sure how to proceed.. this is the same painting, but tried to improve following your comments. You have been really generous with your time, very helpful, but  I am in need of more coaching! hope to hear from you, as I have made payment.

Comment by Catherine on March 26, 2018 at 9:45pm

Comment by Mary on February 15, 2016 at 7:26am

Hi Karen:  I just purchased the Personal Tutor option (2/15/16) but don't see intuitively how I go about using that with you.  Can you please direct me?  Thanks, Mary 

Comment by Karen Ilari on June 28, 2015 at 3:09pm

Hi Liz! I seem to have missed your comment! \

I would say the best time would be after you have your idea and your reference, but before you have started painting. That way I could give you feedback on the composition before it is started. I'm also flexible with the timing, I know how that is!

Comment by LizJ on April 30, 2015 at 12:57am
I am looking forward to booking my tuition but am waiting for the right timing as one month for a painting sounds like a short time these days , I barely have time to complete one in that timescale but hopefully things will improve soon. Is it best to book a session prior to starting a new project Karen or after starting one?
Comment by Rosemary Clark on March 21, 2015 at 2:20pm

nice! When you come here to visit your son, you can give me a lesson! lol 

Comment by Karen Ilari on March 21, 2015 at 2:10pm

Ha, I've been there anyway! My son and his family are living in Colorado Springs now.

That's one of the reasons I thought of this online personal critique idea, to help people in remote areas. Not that Colorado is remote! :)

Comment by Rosemary Clark on March 21, 2015 at 1:39pm

I just need you to move to Colorado, that's all! lol = )

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