About Karen


* 1977 San Bernardino College Extension, San Bernardino, California

* 1967-1968 University of California, Irvine

* 1965-1967 Laguna Beach School of Art and Design (The Art Institute of Southern California), Laguna Beach, California

* 1963-1964 Advertising Art School, Portland, Oregon

* 1962 AA Degree, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, California

Symposiums and Workshops Attended

2002 Fall -Taos Art School, Week in Canon de Chelly, Arizona
a week work of riding and painting.

2002 Fall – Attended Artist Magazine’s Ultimate Artists Conference, Palm Springs, California.

Karen watching her mother
Margaret Foster, paint -1950.
2002 July – Attended Robert Burridge outdoor workshop.

2002 May – Attended Oil Painting workshop with Ken Christensen, sponsored by the San Luis Obispo Art Center.

2002 January – Attended the American Society of Portrait Artists’ ‘The Art and Practice of Portrait Painting’, a 3-day conference and demonstration featuring Michael Del Priore, Sherry McGraw and Craig Nelson. Academy of Art, San Francisco, California.

2001 Fall – Attended three-day Oil Painting workshop with Ken Auster, sponsored by the San Luis
Obispo Art Center.

2001 July – Assisted Libby Tolley in her second Plein Air Painting workshop. Offered assistance to
students with their preliminary drawings and sketches for oil paintings.

2000 February – Attended weeklong workshop with M. Douglas Walton in Cayucos, California.
Learned various wet-into-wet techniques for use with acrylic, latex and watercolor..

1997, 98, 2002 – UCSB Summer Session, Contemporary Landscape Painting Symposium, moderated by
Hank Pitcher.
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Employment History and Selected Commissions

2002 Designer/Illustrator -Created complete identity including Farmer’s Market tent, truck
signs, business cards and postcards for 5-Dog Farm Naturally Grown Produce,
Templeton, California.


2001 Illustrator —Illustrated animals (and compiled my mother’s original illustrations) for the
third printing of the San Luis Obispo County Trail Guide, published by the Santa Lucia
Chapter of the Sierra Club, 2001.

2001 July, Exult with Me, published book of my mother’s pen and ink drawings accompanied by her brother’s poetry: Kelvin Ray and Margaret Foster.


2001 Illustrator —Created the illustrations for the 2001 annual appeal brochure for the Santa
Barbara Museum of Natural History.


2001 Artist-Creating color cover illustration for the book: The Path of Return, by Jaya Sarada (Grace Foundation Publishing, 1998).


1999 Fine Art Illustration-Full-color back cover art for Purebred Lab Breeder’s Magazine.


1998 & 1999 Commissioned ArtistDonor’s Appreciation Tile Project, for Friends of Santa Cruz Island, is be installed at Santa Cruz Island, California


1998 & 1999 Graphic Artist, Illustrator-Created invitations for Wild Horses Benefit Equine Art Show. Proceeds benefit Foundation for Horse and Other Animals (FHOA).


1998 Package DesignHot Chile Chocolate for Hermann’s Chocolate Lab, Templeton, California, with David Butz’s computer assistance.


1998 Illustrator– Created illustrations for the book: Trust in Yourself, by Jaya Sarada (Grace Foundation Publishing, 1998).


1997-1998 Fine Art Illustrations-Proposal renderings for renovation project, Santa Barbara Historical Society Museum.


1997 Illustrator– Created illustration for Santa Barbara Land Trust (in conjunction with UCSB) to be used on invitations to Oak Group and Guests art exhibition to benefit Sedgwick Ranch Acquisition.


1994 – 1997 Graphic ArtistCambria Directory and Castle Country, published by The Cambrian newspaper. Painted color cover for Castle Country in 1996.


1994 & 1995 Illustrator-Painted color covers for North County Access, North San Luis Obispo County California, telephone directories.


1994 Fine Art Illustration-Created pencil drawings for the book: RANCHOS, published by Ellen Easton, Ellen Easton Gallery, 1996.


1993 -1994 Illustrator-The Nature Conservancy Carrizo Plain Visitor Center, Carrizo Plain, California. Created illustrations for permanent display depiction wildlife and Ecosystems for visitor education.


1992 – 1993 Illustrator-State Parks and Recreation Fund. Commission administered by the City of Lompoc, California. Designed signs for new State Park site. Created a painting for Lompoc City Hall, to be reproduced as educational material in traveling display for public school system, and as part of Museum of Lompoc diorama. Sales of posters benefitted the museum.


1986 – 1987 Illustrator-Front cover art, Leisure Magazine, published by the Country News, Paso Robles, California.


1985 Fine Art IllustrationBird List, Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens.

1984 – 1985 Illustrator-Created illustrations for the book: Birdwatching, a Guide for Beginners, by Joan Easton Lentz and Judith Young (Capra Press, Santa Barbara, 1985).


1983 – 1985 Technical Artist-Delco Electronics, Goleta, California.


1982 Fine Art Illustration-Brochure for Camp Laurel Springs, Santa Barbara, California.


1981 – 1985 Medical Illustrator-Pudenz-Schulte Medical Research, Goleta, California. Worked with research doctors to illustrate new medical procedures.


1979 Book Design and ProductionHaiku, for Capra Press, Santa Barbara.


1979 Aerial Photography and Site Proposal Rendering-For Rancho Oso, Santa Barbara.


1979 Architectural Rendering– Site Proposal, for Edward C. Jenkins AIA, Ventura, California


1978 Designer– California Decorative Metal, Cedar Glen, California.


1977-1979 IllustratorThe Mountain News, Jean Preston Real Estate, Lake Arrowhead, California.


1977 – 1978 Artist, Illustrator, Ad Sales, Food Columnist, Delivery PersonThe Crestline Courier, Crestline, California.


1977 – 1978 Artist– Created pen and ink “House Portraits”, individual private commissions for stationery and greeting cards, Lake Arrowhead, California.


1973 Illustrator-Doctoral Thesis, Space Sciences Lab, Berkeley, California.


1964 Draftsman-Created technical illustrations for a patent attorney, Portland, Oregon.


1964 Commissioned Artist-Painted portraits of polo ponies in Oregon.


1963 to present Illustrator-Freelance work has included drafting, medicine, architecture, natural history, real estate, equestrian, portraiture, and archaeology.
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1988 October issue, American Artist Magazine, “Painters as Preservationists”, p. 72-77.

1989 Karen appeared as an artist painting on location in the Nipomo Dunes in a television
video produced by Mobil Oil and the California State Coastal Conservancy in
celebration of the preservation of 2500 acres of the dunes.

1994 November issue, Sunset Magazine, Article about the Oak Group, p. 92-95.

1998 May issue, The Artist’s Magazine, “Acrylic Hike and Paint Kit”. Karen’s drawing and
description of the unique equipment she takes when painting on location.

1998 Karen appeared, as a member of the Oak Group, painting on location in a story about the
Marin Agricultural Land Trust in an episode of the California Heartland
television show.

April 2000 Karen demonstrated wet-into-wet acrylic painting techniques at the San Luis Obispo Art
Center for OPAG (Oil, Pastel, Acrylic Group) inspired by workshop taken in February.

Winter 2001 Featured Artist, The Plein Air Scene Newsletter.

Spring 2002 Featured Artist, www.thepleinairscene.com Directory.

2002 Winter issue, Equine Vision Magazine, “Les Chevaux de Camargue”. A feature article
about a series of paintings created during, and inspired by, Karen’s visit to Southern


1986 to present Member, The Oak Group.
1993 to 1995 Founding member, San Luis Outdoor Painters Enterprise (SLOPE).
1995 to present Member, California Art Club.
2001 to present Associate member of Women Artists of the West (WAOW).
2003 Member Paso Robles Art Association, Paso Robles California.
2003 San Luis Obispo Art Center, SLO California.
2003 Cayucos Art Association, Cayucos California.