Karen was born in Dublin in 1960 and was educated in Mount Temple. Married with two children she lives and work in Skerries, Co. Dublin. Mainly self-taught she has 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. Gradually her self-taught talents developed to the point where, encouraged by artistic friends and gallery owners she felt able to show her work. Her paintings predominantly concern still life, landscape or interiors. In some works there is more emphasis on the application of paint or accents of colour as she occasionally like to play with the abstracted forms. Working much with a palette knife, her paintings are characterised by vigorous slashes of colour, with highlights of heavy impasto on areas where pigment is otherwise barely staining the canvas. In the studio in her home of Skerries, she joyfully maneuvers from one composition to another, until she is fully satisfied with the outcome. As well as her personal work she has taken on various commissions including a large body of work for the Hotel Isaacs, in Dublin and Cork. Her 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 Cap. - Niall Hogan, TV and radio presenter - Matt Cooper.