Born and raised in the very small town in Nebraska, Karen`s talent for art was encouraged from a very early age. Upon graduation from the Omaha School of Commercial Art at the age of 19, the Hallmark Card Company promptly hired her as a greeting card illustrator where she continued to work in illustration for Hallmark and other companies for nearly 20 years.
Although a resident of Santa Fe, Karen’s body of work is inspired by her life in Montana, where she lived and worked in an idyllic mountain side setting on the Flathead Indian Reservation. Living there provided Karen with an abundance of Native American models, inspiring her to place them as subjects in her paintings, capturing their innocence and spontaneous response to life. Focusing on the portrayal of domestic life of the early and pre-reservation Indians, Karen spends countless hours doing research via museum books and photographs. She enjoys creating award-winning images that inspire both strength and tenderness, for they renew her spirit as well as those who appreciate her work.
Exhibitions and Awards
* 2013 International Guild of Realism ~ Best of the West award.
* 2016 Mountain Oyster Club Art Show ~ Wieghorst Award Best in Show.
* The Coeur d` Alene Galleries “Miniatures by the Lake,” 2009.
*The C.M. Russell Museum and Auction,
* The Spirit of the Great Plains Invitational at the Art Museum of Nebraska.
* The Stampede Western Invitational in Greeley, CO.
* Best Oil/Acrylic Award, Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum Show. * Eiteljorg Museum`s Quest for the West Show.
* Art of the West, March/April 2013
* Horses in Art, Spring 2012
* Western Art Collector, June 2012
— Art of the West, 1999 Jan/Feb issue
— Appaloosa Journal, Cover and feature article, April 1998 issue.