From the time she was five and won her first art competition, Karen was hooked on art. She grew up in South Florida and spent summers in the mountains of Western North Carolina . Both places have fostered her love of the mountains and seashore, which she expresses in her paintings. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida Atlantic University, she went on to study for her masters in Arts Education at Florida Atlantic University . Although she spent the next 18 years raising her two children, she continued to find a creative outlet with photography. The family traveled extensively throughout the US and Caribbean during this time and many of Karen's paintings are inspired by her memories and photos of her travels.
Karen loves to paint on location, en plein air, whenever she can. These outdoor painting experiences help give her life to her studio work. She likes to finish a painting in one sitting so that she can capture that flash of inspiration which attracked her to the subject. Pastels, with their vibrant immediate color suit her style perfectly.
She has studied with several noteworthy artists including Albert Handell, Anita Louise West, Terry Ludwig, Stan Sperlak, and Margaret Dyer. She continues to study with Marsha Savage. Her paintings hang in private and corporate collections around the world including the University of Alabama 's Gorgas Library and the Caneel Bay Resort on St. John , USVI. She has had work juried into regional and international shows receiving awards and positive reviews.
Karen is a member of the Southeastern Pastel Society, Southern Plein Air Painters and the Georgia Outdoor Painters.
Awards:2009 Exceptional Merit Award for “Dance of the Wildflowers”
Southeastern Pastel Society's 2009 Juried Exhibition
2008 Honorable Mentions for “The Afternoon Nap” and “Marsh Magic”
Southeastern Pastel Society 13 th International Open Exhibition
2008 First Place for “Summer Fields” juried exhibition, National Association of American Pen Women
2007 First Place for “Aspens in the Snow” Art Alliance of Georgia Juried Exhibition
Honorable Mention for “Afternoon Clouds” Southeastern Pastel Society 2007 Members' Juried Exhibition
Public & Corporate Collections:
Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library, The University of Alabama , Tuscaloosa , AL
Caneel Bay Resort, St. John , United States Virgin Islands
McGraw Hill Publishers, New York
Exhibitions:2008 “Influences & Inspirations,” juried exhibition, Atlanta Fine Arts League, Roswell, GA
2008 “Metro Montage VII,” juried exhibition, Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art Marietta, GA
2008 “The World of Art,” juried exhibition, South Cobb Arts Alliance, Mableton, GA
2008 “Seven of Seven,” juried exhibition of seven artists, Art Station at Mountain View, Marietta, GA
2008 “Reflections,” juried exhibition, National League Of American Pen Women, Cobb Museum of Art, Marietta, GA
2007 Juried Exhibition, Art Alliance of Georgia, Woodstock, GA
2007 Southeastern Pastel Society 2007 Members’ Juried Exhibition, Stone Mountain, GA
2006 “Twelfth International Open Juried Exhibition,” Southeastern Pastel Society, Gainesville, GA