In 2004, Karen escaped from the cold, rainy weather of Scotland to settle here in Toronto. She has since become heavily involved in the Artists’ Network, becoming a board member and helping to organise the Riverdale Art Walk. She is also a regular contributor to shows including the Octopus Project, Square Foot, Riverdale Art Walk and The Little Art Show.
She is heavily influenced by the English Arts and Crafts movement and Art Nouveau, especially Charles Rennie Mackintosh, whose works are an integral part of her native Glasgow. Acrylics have granted her the freedom to express these organic, sinuous forms whilst also allowing her to build up depth using translucent layers reflecting many years working with pastels.
Other sources of inspiration have been Josef Albers, Clyfford Still, Wassily Kandinsky and Bridget Riley.