Karen was born in Dublin in 1960 and educated in Mount Temple. She counts herself lucky to live and work in the beautiful seaside town of Skerries, Co. Dublin.
Mainly self-taught, she has a painted all her life, the catalyst being the gift of oil paints from her sister at an early age.
Following a painting workshop in Holland, plein air influenced her work, with inspiration around every corner of Skerries and beyond. The daily painting movement inspires her small still life paintings in oil of local scenery and kitchen still lives. Working mostly with a palette knife, her paintings are characterised by vigorous thick buttery slashes of colour, with highlights of heavy impasto paint.
Karen paints every day. She loves to pass on her knowledge and has been teaching art classes and one day workshops for over 20 years, and her new online courses are now available for any budding artist unable to attend her courses.