I was born in the city of St. Johns on the island of Newfoundland, Canada. I grew up on the shores of a lake and learned to swim at a very young age. All of my fondest memories always include water. If I have a first love it is mathematics. My fascination with numbers and calculation led me into the engineering program at Memorial University in Newfoundland. After two years of studying engineering, I left to attend the Alberta College of Art where I studied Visual Communications. After graduating, I got a job in advertising and went on to earn my living in corporate graphic design, including developing corporate identities for some of the largest corporations in Canada. When I moved to the United States in 2007, I took several classes at the Glassell School of Art in Houston, where I currently live, and focused my studies on designing and producing handmade jewelry. As time permits, I continue to create unique handmade jewelry today. Painting is the current love of my creative life.
I am an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists (SCA).
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I’ve dealt with a great deal of adversity over the years and even now, at times I feel as though I exist in a strange state somewhere between life and death. For me, everything changed in an instant, yet my life continues. Today, I find myself living an entirely new existence in what seems like in an entirely new universe. Encouraged to paint by a dear friend and mentor who has always admired my creative abilities, this new reality has become the backdrop for my art. My first painting, called “Soaring”, is a close-up of a figure swimming in water with her back to the viewer, taken entirely out of context, and painted in such a way that we really don’t know where she’s going or how she’s getting there. She could be flying; she could be dying. And this is what my art as well as my existence is about–whether to fly or die. I choose to fly.
My portrait sketches represent my lighter, humorous, more whimsical and spontaneous side. I create them mainly at night after a long day of painting, having left the studio and relaxing around the house. They just make me laugh, and the reason for their being is no more complicated than that.
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“Karen’s painterly style is totally unique and intriguing, with a fearless use of color and contrast and a solid sense of drawing and perspective.”
“Every time I walk in my home office, I look at the wall and say, “God I love that painting!!” A big shout out to the art Gods for creating you.”
“My interest is always aroused by artist that offers a fresh perspective. You are a talent with distinction. Your style is unique.”
“Your work is always gorgeous. What I enjoy most about it is that it is serious but has a sense of humor, a playfulness. It’s a very cool combination and I see it in your corporate graphic work and your jewelry design. The design and fabrication process is clearly connected. The pieces always use something about the technique to express the intent, the idea of the design. Truly a gift.”