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Karen has always loved to make and experiment with garden art. A native Californian, she has lived abroad for 10 years in two very different settings: Nicaragua in Central American and the Marshall Islands in Micronesia, teaching English to children and adults, while learning new cultures and languages.

Her creative interest took a back seat to being a full-time single mom, and while her two boys grew up back in the States, she earned two degrees in English as a Second/Foreign Language. At San Francisco State she became the Director of New Student Programs and for 25 years helped students and families prepare for degrees, and designed and implemented a successful peer counseling program.

While working as an educator, experimenting in the garden was always her happy place. Mixing mediums and working with cement, wood, clay, jewelry, and painting lead her naturally to mosaics. At the point she retired from the university, she was finally able to launch a business and make art full time. She turned her home into a creative space and wakes each day to make more art! She approaches her art from a whimsical lens. It makes her happiest to people react to her pieces with joy and laughter. Currently she teaches her style of mosaics in Modesto, California continuing to find ways to mix it up in mosaics.

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