About the artist

Karen grew up in Warwickshire and Gloucestershire where, as a child, she had a lot of freedom to roam the countryside. This is where her attachment to the natural world developed. She studied Fine Art at Exeter College of Art in the late eighties, and then spent the following years in London, designing for companies such as John Lewis, Designers Guild and Camden Graphics. Before her time at Exeter, Karen studied a Foundation in Art and Design at Cheltenham Art College in the 1980’s. She returned there to complete an MA in Fine Art in 2012. She is married with two sons and lives in Gloucestershire.

Karen’s work expresses her affection for the nature and landscape around where she lives. Her paintings derive from real places and are portraits, intimate and studied. She attempts to capture in her work the spirit of the place; what is moving and powerful about nature, its changing patterns and the details that can often be passed by.

For Karen, the act of painting and the exploration and possibilities with the paint, are as important as the subject. She often paints from life in watercolour. These studies can be used to inform her larger scale oil paintings that are made in her studio. Georgia O’Keeffe and Paul Nash are important influences because of their connections with their environment, and their expressions of ‘sense of place’.

‘The ordinary everyday landscape reflects deeply who we are, and is a store house of private and collective memories.’ Ken Taylor
, Professor of Landscape Architecture


2010 – 2012
 MA Fine Art (Distinction) Cheltenham College of Art 
University of Gloucestershire
1991 – 1992
 PGCE (Art and Design) Bretton Hall University of Leeds
1989 – Exchange to National College of Art and Design Dublin
1987 – 1990
 BA (Hons) Fine Art
 Exeter Art College
1986 – 1987
 Foundation Art & Design
 Cheltenham College of Art


Lynn Painter Stainers, 6th – 18th March
The Arborealists – Nature In Art, 11th April – 14th May

Royal West of England Autumn Exhibition
Discerning Eye
Lynn Painter Stainers
Arborealists – The Art of the Tree St Barb Museum and Art Gallery
Hidcote Manor Gardens – Falling Leaves and Summer Borders

Sunday Times Watercolour competition  – Mall Galleries
Hadfield Fine Art
Chelsea Arts Fair

September 5th -19th Hidcote
September Affordable Art Fair Bristol
Autumn Exhibition Hadfield Fine Art

Selected RWA Autumn Exhibition
Hadfield Fine Art
Cotswold Open Studios – “Hidden Treasures”
Showcase – The Corinium Museum Cirencester

MA & Other Postgraduate Show – Atkinson Gallery, Millfield
Art Show – Gardens Gallery, Cheltenham
MA Fine Art Degree Show
Broadway Arts Festival

RA Summer Exhibition
Hidden Treasures Cotswold Open Studios