Karen didn't initially start out as painter, gaining a BA Hons Degree in Printed Textiles at Middlesex Polytechnic in 1989 Karen worked for many years in London for one of the leading textile design studios in the UK. Establishing herself as one of their top selling designers and becoming Head designer during her time with the studio before heading out to work for herself. During her career as a designer she created designs for both fashion and furnishing fabrics for companies such as Laura Ashley, Miss Selfridge, Monsoon, Fenn Wright and Manson, Marks and Spencers amongst many others as well as designing ceramics and tableware for the home store Habitat.
After moving back to her home county of Kent, England in 2004 with her family, Karen was able to follow her long held desire to paint. Her background as a designer has played an important role in how she interprets her subject. She works mainly in acrylic and mixed media, on canvas, board or paper. The main inspiration for Karen's work comes from the beautiful landscape of Kent, the coast, her garden and home. Karen creates an impression of what 'catches her eye', a response and reflection of her surroundings. Her work is a driven by colour, mark making, texture and abstract form. Karen's paintings have a strong sense of movement as well as elements of abstract patterning.
She exhibits in a number of galleries and shows in the South East of England as well as Devon. Karen also is represented by John Lewis Partnership, who sell a number of her paintings as prints as well as the art print specialists King & McGaw.
Karen is thrilled to have been invited to become a member of the Rye Society of Artists, a local art society which holds an annual summer exhibition in Rye, East Sussex, during the month of August.
2016 - Pure Autumn Art Fair,Selected Artists, Battle, East Sussex
2016 - Kent Painters Annual Exhibition, Sevenoaks, Kent
2016 - Affordable Art Fair, with Avery Contemporary Art, Battersea, London
2016 - Hybrid Gallery, Ten Summers in the country, Honiton, Devon
2016 - Rye Society of Artists Summer Show, Rye, East Sussex
2016 - South East Open Studios with Kate Schuricht
2016 - Rye Society of Artists Spring Show, Rye Art Gallery, East Sussex
2015 - West End House Gallery, Group Christmas Exhibition, Smarden, Kent
2015 - VK Gallery, Group Autumn Exhibition, St Ives, Cambridgeshire
2015 - Kent Painter's Group, Annual Exhibition, Sevenoaks, Kent
2015 - Colour Dance, Solo Show, West End House Gallery, Smarden, Kent
2015 - Rye Society of Artists Summer Show, Rye, East Sussex
2015 - SeeArt Fair, Tunbridge Wells with Gallery Gunn
2015 - South East Open Studios
2015 - Rye Society of Artists Spring Show, Rye Art Gallery, East Sussex
2015 - Affordable Art Fair, London with The Art Agency Gallery
2015 - VK Gallery, Group Spring Exhibition, St Ives, Cambridgeshire
2015 - Art Agency Gallery, January Featured Artist, Esher, Surrey
2014 - West End House Gallery, Group Christmas Exhibition, Smarden, Kent
2014 - Kent Painter's Group, Annual Exhibition, Sevenoaks, Kent
2014 - Autumn Pure Art Fair, selected artists show, Battle, East Sussex
2014 - Art Agency Gallery, Group Summer Exhibition, Esher, Surrey
2014 - Rye Society of Artists, Group Summer Exhibition as Guest Artist, Rye, East Sussex
2014 - Smallhythe Studio, Pairs Exhibition, group show, Smallhythe, Kent
2014 - Rye Art Gallery,Group Summer Exhibition, Rye, East Sussex
2014 - South East Open Studios
2014 - Pilgrims Way Artists Group Annual Exhibition, Lenham, Kent
2014 - West End House Gallery, Solo Show, Colour Storm, Smarden, Kent