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Karen was born and raised in Southern California. Out of high school she attended UCLA as a French major. It was there she discovered Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, William Morris and Alponse Mucha and the dormant artist was awakened.
She left UCLA and pursued an independent study program at El Camio College. She conducted life drawing sessions in her apartment and surrounded herself with art by working as a framer and in a local art gallery. As a framer she was introduce to many types of decorative papers and they began to make their way into her paintings. Soon the papers took over completely as she developed a highly specialize form of collage she calls “Paper Mosaics”.
She then began working with interior designers installing “Paper Mosaic” murals in small interior spaces and eventually gaining representation at the Pacific Design Center with the Bradbury Collection.
As she grew as an artist she became interested in also working with Lucite. This enabled her have more flexibility when working with interior designers by installing the Lucite as panels in doors or using them as partitions.
Today Karen works with private collectors and interior designers specializing in commissions.
Here work has been seen on the set of About a Boy on NBC and has was picked up by Bed Bath and Beyond in 2015.
Her work is about the beauty and energy of the natural world