Karen is an award winning full-time artist and illustrator. Born in Melbourne Australia in 1965, Karen loved to draw as a child, but a career in nursing and raising her four sons, left little time for art. After a family holiday to Tasmania in 2007, Karen felt driven to reconnect with her early love for art and whilst she dabbled in the full range of mediums, she always comes back to her first love – coloured pencils. As the demand for her highly detailed artworks increased, she decided in 2009 to have a break from nursing to pursue art on a full-time basis and has never looked back.
Karen’s artworks are realistic but often with a touch of quirkiness or humour. They invite the viewer to come closer and perhaps to leave with a smile upon their face. Her artworks can be found in private collections around the world and she is in constant demand for commissions.
Her first children’s picture book ‘Let’s Count Kisses’ was published by Hachette Australia in May 2012 and her second book is due for publication in mid 2014. Her artworks can also be found on a range of commemorative coins commissioned by Coin Club Australia.
Karen sells a comprehensive range of step by step drawing tutorials from her website.
Grandpa Elliott – 12x16 inches – Coloured pencil on Mat Board
Hitching a Ride – 9x12 inches – Coloured pencil on Mat Board
Summer Holiday – 9x12 inches – Coloured pencil on Drafting Film