Karlene lives on a tree farm in upstate NY woods, which inspire her representational landscapes, painted in pastel, watercolor, oil or acrylic. She wants her paintings to motivate a deeper appreciation of the natural world. Her goal is to use her connection to woodlands to inspire others to seek out adventure and take a closer look at nature. Always interested in art, architecture and gardens, she earned her graphic design degree, followed by working in commercial art. While honing her skills with art classes she is employed by day as a substitute teacher. She also teaches classes for children, adults and art groups in the region.