Karen lives in Nidderdale, North Yorkshire, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. She takes her inspiration from these stunning views. 'It is a privilege to live in such a wonderful area of the country; the views that I see every morning walking the dog are just beautiful - no matter what the weather'.
Karen has been fascinated by the colours, shapes and textures that are formed in landscapes through changing light and shade and differing weather conditions. It is a subject matter that has held her attention since University, where she studied Fine Art (BA Hons)- specialising in painting & photography (with a 'sprinkling' of art history).
'When creating a piece of work, I use my own photography for reference. Both my Nidderdale and Suffolk collection of paintings for example, begin with thin washes of oil and charcoal. Oil paint is then layered, which builds in texture, and finally bursts of pastel create soft, diffused tones.'
Yorkshire is not Karen's only influence. She was born in Suffolk and spend summer holidays visiting her Nanna in the beautiful coastal village of Walberswick. It is here that her marsh and estuary pictures are based.
'Suffolk is a very special place for me and my family. It is so lovely to be able to take my child there every summer so that he too can enjoy [admittedly mainly the beach at 5 years old] -but hopefully when he's older, the pretty, gentile and time-less quality of the place'.