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Bio

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.


Artist Statement

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.

Group Shows:

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

Solo Shows:

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

Instagram:

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.