Karen graduated in studio art and went on to receive her MFA at the University of Maryland in College Park in color lithography.
After graduate school, Karen began to explore watercolor and became fascinated and captivated by its subtleties and possibilities. Her award-winning paintings have earned her signature membership in the Baltimore Watercolor Society and Potomac Valley Watercolorists. She is also a member of the Washington Watercolor Association, and other art organizations in the metropolitan DC area. She is past president of the Olney Art Association, where her mother was a founding member.
She illustrated a textbook that her husband, a psychology professor at the University of Maryland, wrote several years ago and is also illustrating the 2nd edition that is in progress.
Painting puts me in a place that is thoughtful and contemplative. When I begin to paint, I lay out specific lines and plan with certain colors, through preliminary sketches and working from life. It never fails that my view changes and expands as I work. This process is very surprising to me and fuels not only my passion to paint, but also my desire to teach and see creativity and joy ignited in my students.