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Kari Visscher was born in a small town in Southwestern Canada in 1982. Having grown up with a mother and uncle who were general practitioners, the medical profession was an integral part of her world. She enjoyed both the arts and sciences throughout her life, eventually completing a Master's degree in Biomedical Communications and a Medical degree. Drawn to the visual subspecialties of medicine, Kari became a Radiologist and is currently an Adjunct Professor at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. Her series of Radiology paintings and associated research has been presented at international medical conferences and published in peer-reviewed medical journals. She is an elected member of the Ontario Society of Artists, which is the oldest existing professional art society in Canada. Her artwork has been internationally recognized in prestigious art competitions, including the ARC Salon, Figurativas, Mod Portrait, and the Kingston Prize, and in esteemed publications, including Fine Art Connoisseur, American Art Collector, and The Guide Artists.

Artist Statement

I am an artist, radiologist, and mother. Art provides the space to slow down and reflect on the life within and around me. The mindfulness gained in each step of the creative process is an opportunity to re-center, take a breath, process emotions and express in a way that can create beauty even from a place of unpleasantness. I gravitate toward moments of childhood innocence, love of family, and human connection.

I delight in painting forms with light that can range from the simplest of objects in a still life to the complexities of facial expressions in a portrait. An escape from every day can be found in dreaming of future work to composing images in my mind when listening to music. I value the challenge of learning a new technique and the community created by connecting with other artists. Even the excitement and disappointment that comes with art competitions are all part of this art journey that I esteem. Thank you for taking the time to read this and explore the work that holds pieces of who I am for others to see.

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Shortened CV


2018-pres Adjunct Professor of Radiology at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

2018-pres Staff Radiologist at Cambridge Memorial Hospital, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada.


2020-pres Elected member, Ontario Society of Artists.


2023 NOAPS Spring International Online Exhibition Merit Award.

2022 Canadian Portrait Society ‘The Miracle of the Portrait’, Certificate of Achievement.

2021 The Marketer Art Competition, Special Merit Award.

2020 Ontario Society of Artists ‘Emerging Artist Exhibition’, 2nd place.

2018 Canadian Portrait Society ‘The Miracle of the Portrait’, Certificate of Merit.


2023 Kingston Prize finalist and group exhibition, Gananoquie, Ontario, CA.

2023 Society of Canadian Artsits 55th Open International juried group exhibition, Etobicoke, Ontario, CA.

2023 NOAPS Spring International online group exhibition.

2023 NOAPS Associate online group exhibtion.

2022 16th International ARC Salon finalist in the drawing category.

2022 OSA Breath. Heart. Spirit group exhibition at the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Suite, Queen’s Park, Toronto, Ontario, CA

2022 Federation of Canadian Artists Limitless online group exhibition.

2021 HeART of HealthCARE online group exhibition.

2021 ModPortrait semi-finalist.

2021 Figurativas semi-finalist.

2021 OSA Breath. Heart. Spirit group exhibition Glenhyrst Art Gallery, Ontario, CA.

2020 15th International ARC Salon semi-finalist in the figurative category.

2020 OSA Emerging Artist juried group exhibition, Etobicoke, Ontario, CA

2019 14th International ARC Salon finalist in the figurative category.


2023 International Realism 16th International ARC Salon by Kara Ross and Frederick Ross.

2023 Figurativas 12th Concurso de Pintura y Escultura. Fundacio de les Arts I els Artistes.

2022 Breath. Heart. Spirit. The OSA 150 Years by Janet Read, Diana Harding-Tucker and Pat DumasHudecki.

2021 ModPortrait Special Edition Catalogue.

2021 Figurativas 11th Concurso de Pintura y Escultura. Fundacio de les Arts I els Artistes.

2021 American Art Collector. December 2021, Issue 194.

2021 Fine Art Connoisseur. June 2021, volume 18, issue 3.

2021 International Realism 15th International ARC Salon by Kara Ross and Frederick Ross.

2020 American Art Collector. December 2020, Issue 182.

2019 Fine Art Connoisseur. October 2019, volume 16, issue 5.

2019 The Guide Artist Magazine. August 2019, Issue 30.

2019 International Realism 14th International ARC Salon by Kara Ross and Frederick Ross

I appreciate the little things in life because it adds up to everything.

- Lisa M. Cronkhite