In As Venus, painter Karen Seapker created depth for certain paint strokes by placing dark shadows behind them and utilizing unexpected color combinations. The dark contours toss the composition into controlled chaos, and the strokes and swaths of pink glow confidently in the foreground. Venus is a classical subject in art history. The goddess has been depicted in various poses; emerging from a shell, lying supine on a bed. As the viewer here, we are tempted to find hints of her figure throughout the painting.