Karen is an emerging photographer whose work combines documentary photography and fine art. Her photographs echo the voices of those unheard, the quiet places, and the everyday details of life. It is through these images that Karen invites others to look, to see, and to honor what is precious.
Karen's photographs have been featured in numerous publications. She has exhibited her work in solo and group shows, and in 2017 she was awarded an Arts Grant for her work in portraiture by the Mobile Arts Council in Alabama.
Karen also served as the art curator for The Lost Garden for several years. The Lost Garden is a community garden and outdoor art gallery in the center of downtown Mobile, AL. It was for this project that she was an "Arty Award Finalist" for ‘artistic innovation’ for her collaboration with local artists on this project in 2016.
I have sometimes allowed myself to be silenced. Now my words often take the form of images, photographs, which express my own voice and also question: What is the earth saying, the wind, the rivers, the swaying live oaks, the places which contain stories within their walls?
I wonder about the fact that trees and plants communicate with each other. Animals also have their own language. What if we could understand these communications too?
When I walk into an old church, or a place people have gathered through the years, and it is quiet for a moment--I wonder about the stories shared, about the people who came to sit a while and what they might have said.
Is there a way to get a sense of these conversations, visually through the lens?
With my camera, I explore what the unheard might be saying to us through their expressions, stance, or a particular moment in time.
2018 MAC Members, Mobile Arts Council, Mobile, AL
2018 Shades of BW, S. E. Center for Photography, Greenville, SC; Juror Susan Burnstine
2017 MAC Members, Mobile Arts Council, Mobile, AL
2017 Mobile Art Association, Winter Open, Mobile, AL
2017 Art of the Bay, Mobile Arts Council, Mobile, AL
2016 Colors of the Coast, Cathedral Square Gallery, Mobile, AL
2014 Colors of the Coast, Cathedral Square Gallery, Mobile, AL
2010 The Green Room, Mobile Arts Council, Mobile, AL
2008 Singing River Art Association, Pascagoula, MS
2018 Voices of Strong Women, Mobile Arts Council, Mobile, AL. (Opens Nov. 2018)
2015 Point of View, Mobile Arts Council, Mobile, AL
Awards & Publications:
Alabama Magazine, March/April 2018
Lenscratch: Favorite Photograph of 2017. Jan 1, 2018
F-Stop Magazine, #86 Street Edition, Dec. 2017
Lenscratch: The Snow Exhibition III. Dec. 25, 2017
Mobile Art Association, Awarded Honorable Mention. 2017
Mobile Arts Council. Awarded Arts Grant for Portraiture, 2017
The Guardian, UK Print Edition, Journal Section. Jan. 27, 2017
Mobile Arts Council, Arty Award Finalist for Artistic Innovation. 2016
National Geographic YourShot, Lines/Patterns/Textures Oct. 27, 2017; Lowlight Story Dec. 2, 2015; Daily Dozen Nov. 21, 2011; Daily Dozen Dec. 3, 2009; Daily Dozen Oct 19, 2009.
Colors of the Coast, Merit Award. 2014
Singing River Art Association, Merit Award. 2008
F-Stop Magazine: Home Theme: Nov. 30, 2017, Nov. 25, 2017; PortfolioStreet: August 30, 2017, August 29, 2017; Street Photography: Dec. 24, 2017 Beautiful: Jan 18, 2018, Feb. 21, 2018; Open Theme: May 31, 2018, May 5, 2018, April 29, 2018
Womiphotography/Woman in Photography: August 28, 2017; August 22, 2017
National Geographic YourShot, Editors' Favorites:
Karen's photos have been selected as Editor Favorites 27 times since 2015. List of Editors includes: David Y Lee, Christina Shorter, Matt Adams, Matthieu Paley, Jim Richardson, Amy Toensing, and several others.