Meet the Artist
Hi Everyone, I’m Karen and I have lived in York all my life and am a Yorkshire Lass through and through.
I started my career by going to Art school at 18 to study Graphic Design after being told at secondary school that I wouldn’t be able to go to university as I wasn’t clever enough! (Turns out I am Dyslexic) This was enough to spur me on doing 4 years and achieving my Society of Industrial Artist and Designers Graphic Design qualification.
I then worked as a Graphic Designer for several years, eventually becoming Studio Manager, and only left to have a family. I diversified my skills into a cake decorating business which I did for 12 years as it fitted in nicely around school runs etc., and could be done from home.
When I was able to go back to a 9 to 5 job I started working at a maximum security prison teaching the inmates art and design up to A level. I achieved my teaching degree and eventually became head of the art department which I loved as prison life seemed to suit me...
Eventually because of government cut backs my full time job became part time and it was at this point I started working for York Council Adult Education teaching evening classes. I then realised that there were people out there who really wanted listen to what I had to say and to learn so I started running one day workshops from home; these proved to be really popular.
Then in May 2012 I bit the bullet, finished working at the prison and went solo, building up my private workshops and introducing day/evening courses and working as a visiting artist to independent art groups.
I have been involved in many community projects in the area, some of which you can see here on my website, and I am always taking commission work for paintings and sketches
I also run Painting and Drawing holidays in Civray France, which again can be found on my website. These consist of approximately 7 people painting en plein air in the grounds of a beautiful 12th century Knights Templar chapel. It’s always full of good food, plenty of wine, mixing with the locals and hopefully good weather…and of course beautiful paintings.
So have a search through the pages of my site and leave a comment if you have any feedback.