A former student of Fine Art and Art History, Karen’s passions brought her to London in 2004 with a single bag and £600 to her name, following the sale of her car. Starting the very next day as an intern at Vogue, within less than a month Karen had established herself as a regular freelancer - a rapid trajectory that has become a recurring pattern over the course of her career. After freelancing as a Picture Editor and Designer for Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and GQ amongst others of the industry’s leading titles, it was not long before Karen was appointed Art Director of supplements at Vanity Fair in 2007. Karen was quickly promoted to Creative Director of special issues and promotions - a position she held from 2009 to 2014 allowing her to establish a renowned artistic identity across the worlds of fashion and art.
Karen’s discerning eye and practical approach have given her the opportunity to lend her creative direction to some of the most celebrated contemporary names. Memorable moments include shooting Gwyneth Paltrow and Uma Thurman with Mark Seliger, having lunch with Roberto Cavalli on his yacht in Cannes, working with David Bailey to shoot Desmond Tutu and photographing Marc Quinn whilst at work in his studio. Throughout the course of her career, Karen has been fortunate enough to have been introduced to and worked with royalty, diplomats, musicians, models, actors, politicians and artists, and in her own words: "for around three and half minutes some of them even knew my name".
In the summer of 2014 Karen left Vanity Fair to become the Art Director of Teen Vogue, working across the print and digital platforms, she currently lives in New York and has a dog named Chewy.