Karen was born in NYC and raised in Dutchess County, NY. The last four decades she has made her home in Columbia County, NY. The beauty of the region with layered mountain views, skies, rivers, lakes, flora and fauna offer an endless well of inspiration.
After a successful 33 year career teaching visual arts and holding the position of district wide art department chair in an area public school, Karen stepped away to pursue her own art. She also continues to teach privately and conducts workshops.
Karen’s paintings are inspired by images and locations characteristic of the Hudson River Valley region. Primarily landscape, livestock and botanicals make up the body of her artwork. Recently, her livestock paintings have gained much attention and drawing interest among collectors of the genre. Karen also does animal commissions and has created murals in business’s and private homes. karen’s work has received regional, national, and international attention. Multiple journeys to Ireland and Scotland have recently enriched and inspired new directions in her work.