Karen trained at the London College of Printing, now part of the University of the Arts, London where she studied Graphic Design, specialising in Illustration in her final year. In just over one year Karen has been accepted to over ten exhibitions. In 2010 Karen completed a prestigious public arts commission for Essex County Council called – Beyond the Frame and in the same year one of her artworks became part of the permanent art collection at The Royal Shakespeare Company – Stratford-upon-Avon. 2012 saw the unveiling of Karen`s most recent public Arts Commission - `Journey to the Podium`, an Olympic based project culminating in a display at the Houses of Parliment. Karen is founder of The Hive Artist Studios –a not for profit art space, based in Chelmsford, which opened at the beginning of September 2010. The realisation of a dream, the studios houses a thriving community of artists working in a diverse range of media. Karen’s vision has blossomed and with demand far out weighing space there are plans for expansion already! This year sees Karen returning to her designer roots with the creation of her new "Line Works" collection -a series of cut out artworks, soaps, scarves and much more.