Karen obtained an Honors Bachelor Degree of Fine Arts from the University of Waterloo in 1997. Her studio work at the time was divided between working with drawing mediums on paper and with acrylics or oils on canvas. At present she works on both canvas and paper creating brilliant, whimsical abstract images that often refer to the animals she loves.
Karen grew up on a farm where she formed a strong attachment to animals. “Animals are definitely a passion for me. I feel compassion for all forms of life. Naturally my feelings about animals have been transferred to my art."
Her art is an exploration of animals' spiritual and natural qualities and how these co-exist with industrial society. The work of the German Expressionists and the Symbolists has been a source of intrigue and inspiration for Karen. She is emotionally drawn to the vivid and powerful imagery of Kathie Kollwitz, Egon Shiele and Gustav Klimt. Like many of these artists, Karen speaks to the viewer through symbols and stylistic motifs.
EXHIBITIONS AND AWARDS
2000 Envers Chapin Gallery, Toronto.
Praxis Gallery, Group Show, Toronto.
1999 Tourism Toronto Exhibition, Queen's Quay, Toronto.
1997-2000 Annual Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto.
Awarded in 1997 an Honorable Mention, Student Painting.
Awarded in 1998 Loomis and Tooles Award, Best Mixed Media.