Karen has been painting and teaching all her adult life. In January of 2011, she and three other local artists launched the co-operative gallery, Gallery 113, which was at that time located at 113 N. Tejon. Seven years ago, a nicer, larger location on Tejon became available, and the Gallery was moved to 125 ½ N. Tejon.
Although classically trained in oil painting, Karen discovered the joys of watercolor and has dedicated many years to painting in that medium. Karen served Pikes Peak Watercolor Society as president for two terms. She is a signature member of that society as well as the Western Colorado Watercolor Society. She has won numerous awards both in Colorado and other competitions in the United States. Karen has recently begun to paint large canvases using liquid acrylic inks and lots of texture to create scenes suggestive of the Colorado landscape she loves. She also enjoys the brilliance of inks and painting them on handmade paper. Karen enjoys teaching painting classes for the Bemis School of Art at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College.