Karen was born in London of Scottish descent, and trained as an Architect – which give her a fundamental appreciation of space and design. Subsequently she worked at the BBC as a Set Designer which added new dimensions to the way that she saw the world.
Making handmade prints is what motivates Karen. Shehas been very privileged to be able to work with this obsession throughout her life – printing and designing wallpaper and originating her designs by hand, utilising the basic skills of drawing – creating tone and understanding colour are the fundamentals which come together creating art and design.
The alchemy of nature and incredible innate patterns and textures in the landscape on the west coast of Scotland are inspirational to Karen’s creativity. She also loves to help people to really look at what is out there.
Karen uses a variety of media especially in the unpredictable effects of pigment on paper when allowed to react with each other. This happens equally but differently on a high speed printing machine, brush, palette knife or print block. Karen teaches artfrom her studio and on location by arrangement.