Karen grew up at the New Jersey shore. She found her love of art in elementary school by copying detailed photos of objects in books.  But it wasn't until she got married that her husband encouraged her to start painting. Even working full time and then raising her daughters, she still found ways of pursuing her art. When her children were young, she had a needlepoint business selling her painted designs on needlepoint canvas. She created several alphabets to produce custom work for stores. A few of her original designs were sold in a national needlepoint catalog. Now with fewer demands on her time, Karen is pursuing her "me time". She paints every day in her home studio; and has begun taking intense weekend workshops and studying weekly with Glen Kessler. Her most recent oil paintings focus on a photo-realistic style.



     2014 to present:  Art classes with Glen Kessler, Yellow Barn Studio, Glen Echo; Washington Artworks, Rockville, MD; Artists and Makers, Rockville, MD

     2013-2017 Art Workshops:  Walt Bartman, Nancy Tankersley, Christine Lashley; Easton and Tilghman Island, MD; Alyssa Monks, Cindy Procious, Rockville, MD; Matthew Hillier, Easton, MD

     MEd Special Education, teaching the deaf, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

     BS Elementary Education, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland



   2017  Yellow Barn members show (Juried entry), Glen Echo, MD

   2017  Rockville Art League winter show (Juried entry), Rockville, MD

   2017  Compass Atelier 12 x12 Art Show and Auction, Rockville, MD

   2017  "Paint the Town Labor Day Show", Kensington, MD

   2017   Art at the Mill, (Juried entry), Berryville, VA

   2017  "Cars And Trucks Exhibition" (Juried entry) Grosse Pointe Artists Association, MI

   2017   Local Color Exhibition, (Juried entry), Easton, MD

   2017  The Backdoor Gallery, solo exhibit, Fredericksburg, VA

   2017  Garrett Park Invitational Exhibition (Juried entry), Garrett Park, MD

   2017  Art Muse Contest, finalist in Emerging Artist category, on line 

   2017  Chosen as Featured Artist, Artsy Shark on line

   2017  Chestertown RiverArts Gallery Exhibition, (Juried entry), Chestertown, MD

   2017  Strathmore Artist Member Show, La Vie en Bleu (Juried entry), Rockville, MD

   2016  Rockville Art League Winter Member Show (Juried entry), Honorable Mention Oils

   2016  Art Academy of Easton Members Show, Easton, MD

   2016  Paint-the-Town Kensington Labor Day Show, Kensington, MD, 3rd Place Kensington award

   2016  The Art League of Alexandria member show (Juried entry), Alexandria, VA

    2016  Rockville Art League Spring Member Show, Glenview Mansion, Rockville, MD, 2nd Place Oils

    2016  Woman's Club of Chevy Chase, Chevy Chase, MD, 1st Place and 2 Honorable Mention awards

    2016  Baked Desert Cafe & Gallery, Featured Artist, Berlin, MD

    2016  Garrett Park Invitational Exhibition (Juried entry), Garrett Park, MD

    2015  Glen Echo Labor Day Show, Glen Echo, Maryland

    2015  Hill Center Galleries Juried Exhibition, Washington, DC 

    2015  Delaplaine Annual Juried Art Show (Juried entry), Frederick, Maryland

    2015 "Miniature Masterworks" and "Garden Party" Art Shows (Juried entry), Live An Artful Life Art Gallery, The        Plains, Virginia

     2015  Woman's Club of Chevy Chase, Chevy Chase, MD, 2 Honorable Mention awards

     2015  Solo Exhibit, Rockville City Hall, Mayor and City Manager Offices, Rockville, MD

     2014  Women's Club of Potomac, 1st Place Portraits, Potomac, MD



     Associate Artist, The Fire House Gallery, Berryville, VA

     Associate Artist, Backdoor Gallery, Fredericksburg, VA

     Invited Exhibiting Artist, The Artists Gallery, Chestertown, MD

     Working Artists Forum (Juried entry), Easton, Maryland

     Montgomery Art Association member

     Yellow Barn Studio member

     Rockville Art League member

     Strathmore Artists member

     The Art League of Alexandria member

     The Academy Art Museum of Easton member