Karen is a Nebraska native, and currently the Cather professor of art at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, where she has taught since 1983. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and has taught numerous printmaking workshops around the world. Karen’s new body of work (2005) represents her ongoing creation of a visual iconography that is suggestive of nature and derived from travel experiences and her own rural environment in Nebraska. She artist creates ambiguous spatial illusions by juxtaposing elements of shape and colour and by creating a relationship between the edges of the paper and the breaking or interruption of the image. In Karen’s work these formal ideas become symbolic abstractions, suggestive of landscape, unusual structures, or plant forms.