Karen grew up in Nahant, Massachusetts, She began pursuing art as a student at Swampscott High School, and after graduating in 1991, she spent two years studying liberal arts at the University of Vermont, before attending Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. She graduated from Ringling in 1997 with a B.F.A. in Illustration.
Karen worked as an elementary school art teacher in Swampscott from 2003-2009. She also taught art at the Hathaway School in Swampscott, and continues to give private art lessons, and is enrolled in a Masters in Art Education program at Salem State College.
Karen's work has always centred around a general theme of fantasy, with a specific focus on mermaids. She is heavily influenced by the Art Nouveau movement, and Alphonse Mucha, as well as Audrey Kawasaki and Stephanie Pui-Man. Her work has been shown at the Off the Wall gallery in Newburyport, as well as the Gulu Gulu Café in Salem.
For updates on shows and new work, see her Facebook Fan Page. Karen also sells her work via Etsy.
['Steampunk Alice' image and Bio © Karen Hallion]