Karen 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 ran a successful needlepoint business that resulted in her designs being featured in stores as well as a national needlepoint catalog. Now with fewer demands on her time, Karen is able to devote every day to her love of painting. She improves her skills through workshops with internationally known visiting artists and weekly classes. Her work has been accepted into scores of juried group and solo shows, garnered top prizes at regional exhibitions, and made their way into numerous private collections.




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

     2013-2019 Art Workshops:  Walt Bartman, Nancy Tankersley, Christine Lashley; Easton and Tilghman Island, MD; Alyssa Monks, Cindy Procious, Rockville, MD; Matthew Hillier, Easton, MD; Deb Keirce, Ashburn, VA; Trish Coonrod, Ithaca, NY

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

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



2019 Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery, Juried Exhibition, Portland, ME

2019 Local Color Exhibition (Juried Entry), Easton, MD

2019 Women’s Club of Chevy Chase Art Show, 2 Honorable Mention awards, Chevy Chase, MD

2019 Glave Kocen Gallery Hung Juried Exhibition, Richmond, VA

2019 Laurel Art Guild Open Juried Exhibition, Montpelier Arts Center, Laurel, MD

2019 International Guild of Realism juried online exhibition

2019 “Joy and Wonder Show” (Juried Entry), Grosse Pointe Artists Association, Grosse Pointe, MI

2019 Academy Art Museum Member Show, Easton, MD

2019 Hill Center Show (Juried Entry), Washington, DC

2018 “Cars And Trucks Exhibition”, Honorable Mention award, Grosse Pointe, MI

   2018  "Paint the Town Kensington", Honorable Mention award, Kensington, MD

   2018   Local Color Exhibition  (Juried Entry), Easton, MD

   2018   Art At The Mill Spring Show (Juried Entry), Millwood, VA

   2018   RiverArts Gallery Exhibition, Chestertown, MD

   2018   5th Annual South-Atlantic Juried Exhibition, Montpelier, VA

   2018   Women's Club of Chevy Chase, Two Honorable Mention awards, Chevy Chase, MD

   2018  Small Works Show at Gallery North (Juried Entry), Edmonds, WA

   2018  Laurel Art Guild Open Juried Exhibition, Laurel, MD

   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 - 2018   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



Juried member, International Guild of Realism

     Associate Artist, Backdoor Gallery, Fredericksburg, VA

     Invited Exhibiting Artist, The Artists Gallery, Chestertown, MD

     Working Artists Forum (Juried entry), Easton, MD

     Montgomery Art Association member, Montgomery County, MD

     Yellow Barn Studio member, Glen Echo, MD

     Rockville Art League member, Rockville, MD

     Strathmore Artists member, Rockville, MD

     The Academy Art Museum of Easton member, Easton, MD