She earned her photography education from Ringling College of Art and Design and the International Center of Photography. In 2017 she collaborated with UnidosNow and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County to produce the book and short film, “Families Together”. In 2016 Karen was selected as the 30 Women Photographers under 30.
She co-authored with Shannon Rohrer-Phillips the self-published book, “Visible Narratives”. In 2015 Karen was selected to participate in the New York Times Lens portfolio review. In 2013 she worked as an analog printer at Phototechnica, where she printed more than 130 images for Larry Towell’s Aperture book “Afghanistan.” Karen’s photographs were selected among the 100-best works of the Republic of Georgia’s “KOLGA Photo Festival” in 2013.
Karen’s work has been exhibited and featured internationally including Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Republic of Georgia, Germany, United Kingdom, New York City and Sarasota.