A native of Gwynedd and a Welsh speaker, Karen has lived all her life in Snowdonia. Her fascination with the colour and lustre of gemstones led her to pioneer a unique style of art, choosing to exploit the reflective and refractive properties of glass. Her handcut glass artworks were highly successful over a period of twelve years and she developed a loyal following; her artworks are in numerous private collections and a fine example, "Caernarfon Castle", hangs in Caernarfon's Royal Institute Building.
An allergy prevented her from continued use of epoxy resins, leading her to re-train at the Norfolk School of Arts, and she holds a Diploma for her work in oils. Her media may have changed, but her subjects remain faithful to the landscape of North Wales and her expression of the human condition as life affects her.
Some of Karen's latest works now embody a raised and layered effect to provide a three-dimensional focal point, mirroring her previous cut glass art. Karen is a Fellow of the British Gemmological Society.