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.



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:

Nature Nominee

Landscape Nominee – Series

Fine Art Nominee



Private collectors hail from Lake Tahoe CA, Los Angeles, CA, The Bay Area, Reno, NV and Japan.



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)


Ivor Andrew/Fujifilm Print and Graphics Division

Fujifilm Professional X-Photographer

Cedar House Sport Hotel




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.

leaf and flower diptych


Mini Documentary: Karen Hutton: Framing the Journey

(See more films done for Fujifilm online in Karen’s Mediaroom)


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.

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