My Mother wanted me to become an artist but I became a doctor instead.  I served as an Army Family Physician and spent much of my career training young doctors.   As the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq waged, my students and husband were deployed in harm's way.   I turned to nature and art to build resilience.     After serving a tour in Afghanistan, I retired in 2014 with 27 years of service.   I now take care of Veterans part time and spend the rest of my free time painting.

I am a Pacific Northwest pastel, acrylic and watercolor artist who is passionate about the interplay between light and nature.  Many of my paintings are from my experiences hiking and exploring our National Parks and Lands.  I am an advocate for the conservation of wilderness areas and I donate a portion of the sales of my landscapes to the Washington Trails Association and to the US National Park Foundation.


American Art Company, Tacoma WA

Training and Memberships:

Karen has studied pastel under Elizabeth Mowry, Richard McKinley, Jacob Aguiar, Stan Sperlak and Teresa Saia and acrylic under Nicholas Wilton and Joan Fullerton.  

She is a signature member of the Artists for Conservation Foundation.   The Artists for Conservation Foundation (AFC) - formerly the Worldwide Nature Artists Group (WNAG) - is a non-profit, international organization dedicated to the celebration and preservation of the natural world. The Foundation represents the world's leading collective of nature artists and an unparalleled pool of artistic talent focussed on nature. The organization's mission is to support wildlife and habitat conservation, biodiversity, sustainability and environmental education through art that celebrates our natural heritage.

She is also a member of the Northwest Pastel Society, Pastel Society of the West Coast, Plein Air Painters of Washington,  American Impressionist Society-(Associate Member) and Women Artists of the West- (Associate Member).

Juried Shows:

Pastel Society of America 46thAnnual Exhibition- Enduring Brilliance.  The National Arts Club. New York, NY.  September 4-9, 2018.

Pastel Society of the West Coast Pastels USA 2018. Art Center Morro Bay Gallery. Morro Bay, CA.  16 August- 16 September 2018.

Plein Air Washington Artists "Little Gems Show"  Scott Milo Gallery.  Anacortes, WA Jun 1-30, 2018.

Honorable Mention.  2018 18th International Juried Exhibition.  Southeastern Pastel Society.  Oglethorpe University Museum of Art.  Atlanta, GA.  May 11 – June 24, 2018.

Juror's Award.  2018 Northwest Pastel Society 32nd Annual International Open Exhibit, American Art Company, Tacoma, WA 5/5/2018 - 6/16/2018.

Randee Higbee Gallery "From Sand to Sea Show"  Rosa Mesa, CA.  May 5-26, 2018.

2018 Pastel Society of the West Coast Member’s Online Juried Show 16 March-30 April, 2018.

2018 “Pastel 100” Honorable Mention. Painting featured in April 2018 issue of Pastel Journal

2018 Open Juried Pastel Exhibition.  Arizona Pastel Artists Association.   Sedona Arts Center, Sedona, AZ, March 28-April 10, 2018.

2018 Pastel Society of New Mexico 26th Annual National Pastel Painting Exhibition.  Sorrel Sky Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, 2-31 March, 2018

2017 Peninsula Art League International Open Juried Show, Gig Harbor History Museum, WA, September 2017

2017 Award of Merit.  Pastel Society of the Southwest National Show, Grapevine TX, October 2017

December 2017 Judges Pick.  Daily Paintworks.

Other Exhibitions:

2018 Spring Thaw Online Exhibit.  Women Artists of the West.  1 March-30 April 2018.

2018 Beyond the Lines Miniature Art Show.  Shockboxx Gallery.  Hermosa Beach CA.  24 February-5 March, 2018.

2017 Peninsula Art League Members Fall Show, Moreno Wine Bar WA October 14- November 13, 2017

2017 Peninsula Art League Members Winter Show    Kimball Gallery WA March 2017