EDUCATION & INFLUENCE
Practically born with a camera in her hands, Karen grew up with names like Brownie, Instamatics, Pentax, Minolta always within reach. She focused her college studies upon a degree in Fine Art Photography until 1974, when health impacts from darkroom chemicals made completion impossible.
She never stopped photographing and In 2009, her first pro digital camera in hand, Karen jumped back into the field. She found a tremendous following for her landscape photography and never looked back.
Her mastery of digital editing tools had always been an important part of her fine art photography, but continued experimentation with her digital medium, revealed another level of artistic expression and storytelling.
Her digital art is fueled by the unapologetic quirkiness of artists like Maggie Taylor, Vladimir Kush, Mel Brooks, and Gahan Wilson and by the strange stories that spring from life itself.
Each of Karen’s digital pieces is “a pastiche,” containing elements which may seem unlikely partners. Vintage bits, watercolor ingredients, graphic elements and Karen’’s own photographs – both as impressionistic elements and featured ones – present an abstract approach. Each piece is created as a visual thought with humor, strange characters and connections, simple brushstrokes of feeling, always fully alive.
By combining a variety of digital elements in unique and surprising ways, she creates visual stories, often containing a hint of magical realism.
GALLERIES & EXHIBITIONS – PHOTOGRAPHY
Cedar House Sport Hotel Installation: Truckee, CA 2019
Fujifilm Photography Gallery: Roppongi, Tokyo Japan: 2017
Google’s “Moments that Matter” Gallery & Exhibition: San Francisco, CA: 2013
Fujifilm Ambassador Gallery: New York City, NY: 2016, 2017, 2018
Solo Exhibition: Truckee, CA: 2014
Gallery of Photographic Art: Renown Hospital, Reno NV: 2013
Featured Image on NBC Nightly news’ story by Ann Curry on “Virtual Photowalks”: 2013
2020 Fine Art Photography Awards:
Landscape Nominee – Series
Fine Art Nominee
Private collectors hail from Lake Tahoe CA, Los Angeles, CA, The Bay Area, Reno, NV and Japan.
ARTICLES, INTERVIEWS (Print & Online)
Fujilove Magazine: 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Landscape Photography Magazine: 2016
Wild Planet: 2017, 2018
Creative Boom: 2016 (#24 on “40 Of The Best Inspirational and Motivational Talks for Creatives”.)
Fujifilm X Magazine: 2017 (Cover & Interview)
Progresso Fotografico: 2017 (Cover & Interview, translated to Italian)
(See more online in Karen’s Mediaroom)
PARTNERSHIPS / COLLABORATIONS
Ivor Andrew/Fujifilm Print and Graphics Division
Fujifilm Professional X-Photographer
Cedar House Sport Hotel
MAGAZINE PRINT ADS
Delta Sky Magazine 2017: Fujifilm
United “Hemispheres” Magazine 2017: Fujifilm
Click Magazine 2017, 2018: Fujifilm
Plus One Collection: 3 volumes, 2011, 2012, 2013: Contributor
Musings and Magic: 2013
Moments That Matter by Google: 2015: Contributor
Segment Contributor to “Photo Quest” by Rick Sammon.
10 Steps to Finding Your Voice
5 Ways to Tap Into Your Creativity
100 Ways To Be Grateful Like An Artist
Too numerous to list here, Karen has presented all over the U.S. to audiences seeking inspiration in photography, creativity, awe and storytelling. See listing of Karen’s Talks.
2016-Present: “The Artist’s Voice Photography Retreats”: (France, Italy, Colorado, California)
2017-2019: Presentations and workshops at numerous Fujifilm North America events.
2019 Photoshop World presenter, workshop leader: Las Vegas and Orlando
2019: NECCC Amherst, MA
ONLINE: Kelbyone Instructor
THE WOO: Podcast
Karen hosts a popular, short-form weekly podcast called “The Woo”, all about the incredible intersection of photography, inspiration and life.