Many years ago Karen graduated from university with a degree in biology. From there she launched into a PhD developing a new formula of synthetic blood, followed by a post-doctoral position designing and testing equipment to detect hearing impairment in premature babies.
Karen left paid employment in favour of being a stay-home-mom and maintained her sanity by taking art classes. She was on the board of directors for Ottawa Mixed Media Artists (OMMA) for 4 years in a variety of roles and taught Multimedia Art at Algonquin College in the school of part-time studies.
When the kids left home Karen retrained at Algonquin College and accepted a position as a full-time kitchen designer for Home Depot.
In 2012 Karen quit her job to focus on writing and adventure. She’s published three Help! There’s a Vegan Coming for Dinner! cookbooks and two Tall Travel Tales books and is currently working on a series of Tall Travel Guides for Japan.
Her new series of artwork incorporates traditional Japanese woodcut prints, original drawings and Japanese paper, reflecting Karen’s love of this fascinating country.
Her website (which is usually in desperate need of her attention) can be found at
Art and Soul Interiors.com