Karen’s work is inspired by the landscape. She looks for shapes and patterns within it and incorporates them in her work.
She regularly makes a quick watercolour then develops an etching from this in the studio. She makes three-plate, vibrant etchings, which is a time consuming and technically difficult process. Karen has a large Rochat etching press in a shared studio in Herne Hill, London. Karen has exhibited widely including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. She is a member of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE) and was elected in 2007. Her work is held in the Fitzwilliam Museum collection, the Ashmolean Museum and Aberystwyth University collections. She exhibits regularly at Bankside Gallery in London where the RE holds its exhibitions.
She recently worked on a collaboration between the RE and the Chelsea Physic Garden and made etchings inspired by the garden. The etchings on show at Great Print 7 were made after a trip to Tuscany. They feature different times of the day in the Tuscan landscape.