Karen is a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College where she majored in mathematics and computer science. She worked as a computer programmer and project manager for IBM for 33 years before retiring in 2007.
Karen first became interested in carving when she enrolled in a class at Sertoma Park after moving to Raleigh from the Catskill Mountains of New York state. Later, she participated in classes with Tim Borque and was Vic Kirkman’s first student.
Her skills are evident in her blue jay which won a number of best-of-show ribbons and was pictured in the 2008 and 2009 Wildfowl Carving Competition magazine.
Although she enjoys the carving aspects of this art form, her heart is in the painting since this is when the birds come alive. She is a valued asset of the Vic Kirkman School of Wildfowl Art, assisting new students often.
Karen also enjoys photography, yard sales, antiques, the violin, fossils, and animals. Several of her photos have been published in the Ward Museum’s “Wildfowl Art” magazine and competition guides.

Karen’s blue jay was the winner of 4 best-of-show ribbons at the intermediate level in 2008 and 2009.

This green-winged teal pair also won numerous ribbons including a best-of-show ribbon at the 2014 Rappahannock Show.

Karen’s canvasback hen won a best-of-show at Core Sound and a second best-of-show at East Carolina in 2008.

Karen also found success with her shorebirds winning a second in species at the World in 2009 with an avocet. Her ruddy turnstone earned her a second best-of-show at Core Sound in 2010 and third best-of-show at East Carolina in 2011.

This white-throated sparrow continues to do well in competition at the intermediate level winning first best-of-show ribbons at both Core Sound in 2013 and East Carolina in 2014.

Karen’s chickadee won a second best-of-show ribbon in the NC Songbird Division in East Carolina in 2014.