Karen has devoted most of her life to her art, working first with pencil and paper, then watercolor, and finally clay. She has always loved the animals in her life and it is those animals, domestic, wild, and endangered, that inspire her today.
Karen attended the University of Iowa, in Iowa City, Iowa where she received her undergraduate and Masters in Art Education. With a lengthy teaching career in the arts at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in Iowa and in Missouri, she continued her work as an artist. Her artwork has been exhibited in art shows and galleries in the Midwest.
She has been potting and sculpting clay for the last thirty years and is equally challenged and gratified by the hand-building process involved in the creation of pottery and sculpture. During the last 20 years, she has been sculpting animals, and of late, ponies and horses of all shapes, sizes, and personalities. They are created because of her fondness, admiration, and fascination for these great animals. Each horse enjoys an elevated status, and reveals a multiplicity of traits, rooted in historical tradition, realistic interpretation, and imagination.
Karen works in her own studio on Cattail Pond in Hart, Michigan and is frequently teaching a class either at her own studio or at the Artisan Learning Center in Pentwater, Michigan.