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Karen studied Graphic Design at Stockport College and Leicester College of Art. She then went on to work in London as a designer and illustrator.

In 1973 Karen moved to Hamburg, Germany, where she became a freelance illustrator for top women's magazines, eventually working as a full time cut-out animator for Berlin Television.
On returning to Derbyshire, Karen joined Glossop Art Society. It was during this time that she illustrated her first picture book 'The Wild Man of the Four Winds' published by Hamish Hamilton. This led to her to illustrating over 50 books for various publishers.

In 1978 she started work at Cosgrove Hall Films, working on Rainbow, Danger Mouse, Duckula and The BFG.

Following redundancy in the 90's Karen applied to Sheffield University to study Art Psychotherapy. It was whilst observing the artwork produced by the people she supported that she decided to become a fine artist, and went on to rent a studio at Vernon Mill in Stockport where she painted for 12 years.

Karen now works from her Brook Street studio in Glossop.

She paints in a variety of media, depending on the subject matter. Her main interest lies in figurative work but she also enjoys landscape painting as well as working from her imagination.

Karen has exhibited at Buxton and Stockport Art Galleries, as well as Urbis, the Portico and Buy Art Fair in Manchester.


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