Karen spent her childhood in Vancouver and Toronto, Canada, then ventured to New York City to earn her BFA at Parsons School of Design. After college she moved a little further north to grow a family and invent innovative children’s books. Now she runs her own art and design business, Climbing Tree Studio. Her expertise with paper engineering and print publishing as well as her section-hiking of the Appalachian Trail (288 miles over ten years and counting) often informs her unfolding studio practice.

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I find inspiration in the patterns and narrative of nature, humans included. My work is an alchemy of painting and collage, gravitating often to the texture of handwriting and the sculptural possibilities of paper, textiles, and unconventional book forms. My pieces invite all ages into a visceral, playful experience in an effort to nurture imagination, social connectivity, and stewardship of our physical world.