Karen was born in Dublin in 1960 and educated in Mount Temple. Married with two children. She counts herself lucky to live and work in the beautiful seaside town of Skerries, Co. Dublin.
Mainly self-taught, she has a painted all her life, the catalyst being the gift of oil paints from her sister at an early age. In fact, she has an oil painting that she painted when she was twelve years old.
Karen paints predominantly still life, landscape, seascapes or interiors in her favourite medium of oils. Working with a palette knife, her paintings are characterised by vigorous thick buttery slashes of colour, with highlights of heavy impasto paint on areas where the pigment is otherwise barely staining the canvas.
She paints every day in her Studio/Gallery, situated in the magnificent courtyard of the 15th century restored watermill In Skerries Mills. Where she also give art classes and one-day palette knife workshops.
As well as her personal work has taken on various commissions including a large body of work for the Hotel Isaacs, in Dublin and Cork. Karen’s paintings can also be seen in the Lyrath Hotel, Kilkenny, Sheraton Hotel in Athlone and Lismore House Hotel in Lismore, Co. Waterford. Private collectors include, Actor Brendan Gleeson, Designer Laney Keogh, Actor Aongus Og McAnally, Irish rugby Captain Niall Hogan & TV and radio presenter Matt Cooper.