As a fine artist, Karen has explored many styles and mediums, viewing this exploration as a necessary part of the creative process. Over time, this array of styles has narrowed to the one that continually surfaced with the strongest voice. While taking a photography class during her college years, she discovered a love of strong directional lighting that created graphic shadows.
Today, her paintings consistently utilize such lighting as the primary driver for her compositions, resulting in distinctive shadows that are as important as the subject. Her work is exclusively based on her own photographs, with the rare exception for a commissioned piece.