About the Artist

Karen has been passionate about art her entire life and enjoys exploring different art mediums. She is mostly self-taught in the areas of design, with only a few medium-specific classes.  

Believing in life-long learning, Karen takes advantage of new medium training when possible. Karen learned of CLAYCRAFT by DECO in February 2008. Intrigued, she concentrated on learning all she could about this incredible clay art. In early 2008 and again in March of 2009, Karen trained in Deco Clay, with Diane Phillips of DK Designs in San Jose, California. That same year, she attended classes in pottery at Monrovia Mudworks in Moorseville, Indiana under Jolee Chartrand.  Further studies in air-dry clay have been under the direction of DECO CLAY instructor Betty Phillips of The Clay Magnolia, Fayetteville, Georgia. Karen is a DECO Clay Craft Academy instructor.

In 2016, Karen discovered alcohol ink and encaustic wax painting through an Ecourse taught by artist/instructor Alexis Bonavitacola, which focused on the beauty and flow of these two mediums.  Again, Karen was fascinated and intrigued. With a new appreciation for color Karen is moving forward learning what she can about this beautiful, unpredictable, and messy art form.  

Karen, a mid-west native, earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Indiana University. She has over 30 years’ experience working in the disability community in both patient care and disability rights. Karen is inspired to follow her heart and talent and pursue her dream of creating art as a career.