In 1993 Karen began her photographic journey. In her teens, her grandfather introduced Karen to the world of photography, and the magic of developing her own prints in the darkroom. During this time Adobe Photoshop was in it's infancy but was already a powerful software editing tool. By the late 1990's Photoshop had introduced layers and the application was fast becoming extremely powerful. Karen often manipulated photos digitally for University media projects and enhanced photographs that she had scanned from negatives and developed in the darkroom.
I never thought of myself as an Artist. Artists to me were painters, creatives that produced beautiful images by using paintbrushes, pencils and even clay. I've always been a photographer, a graphic designer and even a musician. I love writing, and in secondary school I studied History, Literature, Art, Media, Music and Photography. I taught music and drama for 7 years and ran a successful Graphic Design and Photography business for 13 years. I knew I was a "creative", but an artist... I didn't think so...
In 2014 Karen's perspective changed. Story Art was born, and she plunged head first into the world of being a genuine Artist.
I realised, after 20 years of being a "creative", that I had been in fact always an artist. I don't use a physical paintbrush. I can't draw freehand to save myself. My tools are my imagination, a camera, a Wacom Tablet, lighting, my computer and software. My passion for creating has been ignited.