is that rare bird, a California native, who has nested
all of her life in this state. Born and raised in Turlock, she married
Gene and moved off to San Jose where they lived happily for the next 29
years. There she taught English at Cupertino High School until
1997 while taking advantage of art classes in the Bay Area. In 1998
they oversaw the completion of their new home in the outskirts of Nevada
City. Always an avid outdoor lover and sportswoman, Karen
tries to bring her love of nature into her studio, combining the best of
Karen’s work has been accepted into
Explore This! 4, 3, 2, 1 Experimental Colored Pencil Exhibitions
in 2007, 2005, 2003, and
Her work also appears in
Colored Pencil Exploration,
published by North
Light Books in 2003. Collectors find Karen's work at shows in
and the Gold Country.
You can view
Horizon Fine Art
at 30 King St., Jackson, WY 83001, or by visiting
Cody Country Art League
Sheridan Ave., Cody, WY 82414.
From the Artist
Some of my earliest memories center around drawing, painting or coloring.
Art has always made me happy.
While living in San Jose, I was fortunate enough to take a gourd crafting
class from Kris Thoeni during which I fell in love with gourds themselves.
Traditional gourd decorating methods, however, began to lose their
excitement for me. Then one morning during a vacation from
high school English teaching, I was doing my daily walk around the
neighborhood park, thinking about my desire to do a colored pencil
painting of the oak leaves carpeting the area. The idea hit me
with such force that it stopped me mid-stride: why not use my newly cleaned gourd as a canvas and take
advantage of all its irregularities and quirks, a mirror of the oak leaves’
What a happy idea that turned out to be (although it did change my walking
habits.) Now my eyes are usually focused on the ground, searching for a
unique leaf or flower to draw.
So many gourds, so many leaves and flowers, so little time. . . what a grand
Karen is a
Finalist, Explore This!4, 3, 2, 1 International Competitions
Experimental Colored Pencil Exhibitions in
2003, and 2001.
Karen is a member of
Pencil Society of America, San Francisco, CA and
Banner Mountain Artisans.
Upcoming Appearances by Karen
April 27-28, 2013,
Saturday from 10 AM – 5 PM and Sunday from 11 AM –
Banner Mountain Artisans,
will be at the
Garden Show, sponsored by
The Union, at the
May 26, 2013,
– 5 PM,
Karen will be at
31rst Annual Sierra Festival of the Arts
Mill Street in Historic Downtown Grass Valley.
August 23-25, 2013,
– 5 PM,
Karen will be at
Pacific Fine Arts’ 5th Annual
Boatworks Mall Arts & Crafts Festivals,
760 North Lake Boulevard, Highway 28, Lake Tahoe, Tahoe City.
November 2-3, 2013,
Karen will be at the
2013 BANNER MOUNTAIN ARTISANS 10th ANNUAL HOLIDAY SALE,
featuring juried artisans, which will be held at the
Nevada City Elks Lodge #518,
#__) Hwy 49, Nevada City, CA 95959.