Karen's work consists of vibrantly coloured, three-plate etchings and painterly monotypes, which take the landscape for inspiration. Recently, however, her work has become more abstract, as she simplifies shapes and finds patterns within the landscape. Using three metal plates for each print is labour intensive, technically difficult, and requires a great deal of foresight.
Colour is to her the most thrilling element of the printmaking process. Sometimes she uses colour independently of the subject, generating light and space by colour alone. Karen has always taught throughout her career, she loves being able to kindle the creative spark in other people. And this is reciprocated. Some of her own creative ideas are initiated by teaching.
Karen was elected an Associate Member of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers in January 2008. In 2011, became a full member (RE). She regularly shows at the Royal Academy Exhibition and Originals: The Contemporary Printmaking Show (now called 'Bite'), and her work is held in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford and the University of Aberystwyth Print Collection.
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