Karen Gaetz was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada right on the doorstep to the Rocky Mountains. This led to her love of nature and the outdoors. Karen now resides in Kent in England, where she paints from home and onsite when possible. The beauty of the Kent countryside inspires her current work.
Her interest in art began at a young age, culminating in training via scholarship at the Alberta College of Art, and then on to the University of Alberta. She attained further training through the Federation of Canadian Artists and various workshops. Karen paints in oils, acrylics, and watercolours. There is also a burning desire to learn how to sculpt.
Karen has won numerous awards for her work over the years. Many jurors’ choice awards and the prestigious Bert Earle award for the best painting of the year (in Canada).
As the mother of four children many of her paintings have a theme with youngsters. The love of animals and nature is also reflected in many of her paintings… Her passion for colour is evident in the vivid hues and tones she uses. The inspiration of the English countryside is clearly identifiable in her work.