Karen lives in a small village in Lincolnshire where she raised her two children in parallel with a busy managerial and legal career in countryside access. She has always had a love of drawing and painting, using this as a means of expressing her passion for nature and the beauty of the English landscape. She has lived in several different counties and travelled widely with her family in pursuit of their hobbies of painting and photography in order to develop an eye for the landscape scene.
Karen is largely self-taught, but has also been mentored by a local, professional artist and paints frequently with many other artists as a member of Doncaster Art Club and two other clubs in the Lincoln area. Influences include Alfred Munnings, John Singer Sargent, the Newlyn School and the Glasgow Boys. Of today’s artists she particularly follows the work of Ken Howard, Peter Brown, David Curtis and Peter Barker.
Karen has painted in most mediums, but in 2011 she took early retirement to concentrate on painting in oils and has since had successful solo exhibitions in Lincoln and Retford, Nottinghamshire and taken part in several joint and group shows.
She paints en plein air and in the studio alongside her husband who is also a painter.