Karen has an honours degree in Interior Design, but her first love has always been painting; especially the human figure. She has always admired the Pre-Raphaelite painters, especially the poetic and romantic images of Rossetti and Waterhouse. The expressive portraits of John Singer Sergeant have also been a major influence.
Karen has several models with whom she works on a regular basis, but is constantly inspired by new people. She collects evening dresses and often asks her model to choose from her collection. This collaboration adds to the mood of the sitting and inspires both artist and model. Her paintings have an air of romantic sophistication.
For Karen, drawing is the foundation for all work, allowing the artist to observe and express the character of the model. She uses mixed media to create quick studies and fully worked drawings which can then be used as a reference for paintings. She works in oils or acrylics, combining fine detail with expressive impasto knife work, dragging the background into the figure and vice versa.
Karen is a member of the Fine Art Trade Guild and her paintings were voted Best In show at the Guilds 2013 exhibition.
Karen is happiest working in her studio, deep in the countryside, with a model or music for company.