Based in Suffolk in the UK, Karen is an award-winning figure artist whose oil paintings are a commentary on the weight of expectations.
Born in London in 1978, Karen spent many of her school years in Geneva, before returning to the UK to attend Hampstead Fine Arts College in London. Now living and working on the Suffolk / Norfolk border, her work focuses on the physical body and the scrutiny to which it is commonly subjected.
"The most incredible, in your face, bare (figuratively and literally,) honest view of beauty of the traditional female form that I have witnessed in a long time."
Abbey Art Collective
Her paintings explore what society expects of a woman, the ways in which a woman's physical shape is often considered to define her, and the impact that this has on her life and sense of self.
An examination of society's inherent bias against, and at times discrimination of, fat bodies, Karen's paintings challenge the traditionally narrow view of who can be considered beautiful, as she sensitively presents her subjects in a way that both celebrates and normalises.
In 2020 Karen's work was selected for the Portraits for NHS Heroes exhibition and the accompanying Bloomsbury book, and in May 2021 she was awarded the President's Prize at the Institute of East Anglian Artists Open Exhibition. She was a finalist in the Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize 2021 and has been shortlisted for the New Emergence Art Prize 2022, the Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize 2022 and the Women United Art Prize 2021. In March she exhibited at The Other Art Fair in London, where she was selected as the Fair Director's Pick.