I completed my degree in Fine Arts at the University of Pretoria in 2006, after which I worked in the creative industry before pursuing further studies.
I recently completed a Master of Philosophy degree in Illustration, at the University of Stellenbosch.
My work predominantly consists of mixed media. I enjoy working with expressive line work, texture and collage elements.
Clients for illustrative work include MacMillan Publishers and Happy Artworks among others.
I obtained my Graphic Design Diploma at East London Technical College and now live and work in Cape Town.
After freelancing in illustration for about ten years in England, I have built up a wide range of different styles which range from figurative drawing to a more stylised graphic interpretation
of a client's brief - and have produced illustration for Advertising, Editorial, Publishing and Design.
Karen enjoys illustrating in a diverse range of artwork styles, from realistic to styled, depending on the clients needs.
She graduated with a National Higher Diploma in Graphic Design (specialising in illustration). Her career started as a graphic designer, followed by book designer and computer graphics lecturer.
Karen's work has been commissioned both locally and abroad. Clients include: Hodder (UK), McGraw-Hill and Ibis Publishing (Australia), Oxford University Press, Maskew Miller Longman – Pearson Southern Africa, Heinemann Publishers, True Love and Intelligence Total Business Magazines and Jupiter Drawing Room. She has illustrated packaging artwork for Design Oval (Vi-Daylin and Mr Pritt), Moutia Rum and Educational card games for Cambridge University Press (Keys to Learning).
Karen's work is discussed and featured in a book entitled; Best Practice: The Pros on Adobe Photoshop written by Toni Toland published by Delmar Learning, New York (2006) and in SA Art Times (July 2010).
She currently works as a freelance illustrator, graphic designer and fine artist.
Artwork can be delivered on CD or sent electronically.