Relocating to Canada from San Francisco, California, Karen lives and creates her art in Vancouver, BC. Working primarily with acrylic and pastels, each of her abstract paintings are built onto the canvas like an excavation site, enticing you to look closer and see what lies beneath. Her process includes using unusual tools to create markings and texture that mimic the beauty of aging elements, foliage and objects from nature. They are a personal and modern interpretation of the urban and botanical world that surrounds her and she hopes to invoke a moment of curiosity and wonder.
Her work has been juried into national and international exhibitions including four paintings from her 2020 Nature Squared series - “Cherry Blossom”, “Blue Hydrangea”, “Peace Rose” and “Eucalyptus”. Her art was also selected to be part of the 18th annual international Painting on the Edge gallery exhibition and she was recently chosen to participate in a group exhibition at the Fusion Art Gallery in Palm Springs, CA. She has been granted Active Member Status of the Federation of Canadian Artists and was awarded an upcoming two-artist exhibition at the Kay Meek Arts Centre in West Vancouver.