Karen was born in Burbank, California, but moved to Bishop, California at a young age and spent most of her life there. In Bishop, her backyard was the majestic Sierra Mountains. Her home turf was a short drive to Mount Whitney, (the highest peak in the continental United States), Death Valley, (the lowest point in the continental United States), and Yosemite National Park, one of the oldest and most dramatic national parks. The astounding feats of Mother Nature that she experienced growing up engraved an everlasting mark on Karen, and influence her style of artwork still today.
The impact of Karen’s surroundings gave birth to her everlasting interest in landscape art. She began with landscape oil painting. Her love of landscape art, coupled with her masterful sewing skills gave her the occasion to realize that she wanted to create landscape art with fabric and fiber; thus, Karen found her voice as an artist. To do this, she began collecting fabrics, threads fibers, paints, inks and dyes to build a palette for her landscape quilted artworks.
After moving to St. George, Utah in 2004, Karen was able to take art quilt lessons from several master instructors. Through the association of a local quilt guild, friendships were forged with some of the other guild members, and the association called the Painted Hills Fiber Artist was formed.