Karin Olah combines her obsession with textiles and quilts, a background in fashion design in NYC, a BFA in Fiber Art from Maryland Institute College of Art, and an ever-growing fabric collection to create her signature multi-layered paintings. 


Inspired by the colors and light of the Southern coastal landscape, Karin’s subject matter ranges from seascape to abstract expressionism to a dreamy place in-between.

Her work has been on the cover of Charleston Magazine and featured in House & Garden Magazine, Southern Living Magazine, Better Homes & GardensElements of Style Blog, American Contemporary Art Magazine, Charleston Style & Design, and Coastal Isles Magazine.

Karin's art is represented at:
Hillary Whitaker Gallery in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Liz Lidgett Gallery in Des Moines, Iowa

Her art is in public collections at Medical University of South Carolina, Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic Florida, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, and Ilya Corporation in Japan.

Karin is the 2023 Featured Artist at "Art on the Beach", hosted by Charleston Pro-Bono on Sullivans Island, South Carolina.

She was the 2015 Griffith/Reyburn Lowcountry Artist of the Year Award. She served on the board of Redux Contemporary Art Center, 2008 - 2011.

Originally from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Karin has lived in Charleston since 2003. Karin enjoys going to the beach, playing golf, being silly with her daughters, and chasing after a naughty labradoodle named Charlie.

Karin Olah, Charleston artist, art studio, painting and textiles, fabric collage

Working in her home studio on James Island, 2023


Karin Olah, Charleston artist, fiber artist, painter, home art studio, James Island, with Charlie the Labradoodle, art studio dog

Charlie the Labradoodle - studio pet, UPS greeter, treat getter

Karin Olah's children being silly in her studio

 Silly kiddos at Slate Studios in The Cigar Factory, 2020


"Sea Wall" Original by Karin Olah, 2018, Acrylic + Textiles on Canvas, 6 ft x 20 ft, collection of Meeting Street Lofts, Charleston South Carolina


Charleston Magazine, February 2016, Cover Artist Karin Olah

Cover Artist, Charleston Magazine, February 2016


Redux Studios, image from Travel and Leisure Magazine, 2011

Redux Contemporary Art Center in 2011, Photo: Travel and Leisure Magazine