Born and raised in Cape Town South Africa, Karen moved to New York City shortly after graduating from the University of Cape Town's Michaelis School of Fine Arts with a degree in Painting and Photography as well as the study of Art theory and Art History. After sixteen years in New York, where she painted and worked as a photographer, she moved west with her family in search of wide open spaces and night skies that are filled with stars. She found such a home in Marin County, north of San Francisco.
Her work remains rooted in the art history and theory of her training and her inspiration is drawn increasingly from wild landscapes, both in North America and Southern Africa. Her work explores the imprints left on landscape by the elements as well as humankind, as well as our visual and visceral experience of place. She joins a long history of naturalists and seekers on a journey to express something of our relationship with the natural world.