Born in Uganda, daughter to a civil engineer, her family lived almost a nomadic existence, moving around East Africa to wherever a road or a bridge was needed. Home, in those early years was often a prefab wooden site house with lions and hyenas breaking the sounds of the night and constant attacks on the chicken house by various beasts! With no towns or cities around for hundreds of miles, Karen and her siblings would draw to entertain themselves. These memories of Africa’s virtually unspoiled landscapes, teeming with game and magnificent views, were to influence her subject matter as an artist in later years.
Although Karen is most well known for painting African Wildlife she finds great pleasure in Plein air painting resulting in sketchbooks full of landscapes, seascapes and doodles of what takes her fancy.
She is extremely versatile in medium and style and can switch easily from oils into watercolors or charcoal.
Over the last few years, Karen's work has become much sought after and now hangs on walls all over the world.
She paints from her studio on the Kenya coast which enables her to get into the field regularly to sketch and photograph the wilderness that so enchants her. Karen's deep concern for the decline in the world's wildlife and the degradation of its habitat is reflected clearly in her work. As a result, she regularly donates her paintings to conservation in an effort to help stem the tide.
"Never Before has it been so important to capture the creatures of this planet that are disappearing before our very eyes! I am deeply concerned about the rapid slide to extinction that so many animals across the planet are facing - With the dust of Africa ingrained in my brush and my blood,
I am compelled to capture its precious remnants.... before mankind has destroyed it all!
Karen is a Global Patron to Helping Rhinos and Partner Artist with the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation.
I am proud to be associated with both these Foundations through sales of donated and selected artworks.