About Me

Originally from the south coast of Hampshire, I've been living near Kinross in beautiful southern Perthshire since 2003. My first visit to Scotland was in 2002 and I was instantly inspired and drawn to the amazing landscape.

I love having a job that is also my passion: dogs and wildlife! I grew up with West Highland Terriers; three fun, and much missed, boys - Jamie, Hamish and Rufus. I got my first dog, a Labrador, in 2004.  Corbie has been my artistic inspiration and the walls are adorned with various paintings and drawings of him!  In early 2017, Logie, our latest Labrador addition, joined Corbie.

A keen birdwatcher when I was young, I picked up the binoculars again when I moved to Scotland. I've witnessed amazing wildlife, but there's one particular bird that has really become a passion of mine: the White-tailed Eagle (sea eagle). It all started with seeing Mull's Eagles on BBC's Springwatch in 2005, and finally seeing my first - a glimpse of a juvenile flying by my back garden - in 2010. Since 2014 I have been a volunteer with the RSPB (of which I'm a member), helping to keep watch over an adult breeding pair. I've had so many wonderful encounters with these birds, and have got to know a few individuals.

I keep a (not used as much as it should!) blog Nature, Wildlife & Landscapes of Scotland, a record of my sightings and places visited, as well as my artistic musings.

I hope you enjoy looking at my work.

Karen


Pet Portraits
Pets have been my main focus for a number of years, and my own Labrador is often a reluctant model!

I work predominantly in watercolour, pencil or acrylics to capture the unique personality of your pet.

If you are interested in commissioning a pet portrait, you can find more detailed information on the Commissions Information pages or by downloading my Commission Information & Price Guide, PDF format.
Wildlife
I enjoy being able to combine my love for wildlife with my job and this side of my art allows me to try out different ideas without the pressure of being a commission.

My main wildlife art focus is the rare and majestic White-Tailed Eagle (also known as the 'Sea Eagle'). Britain's largest bird of prey was once hunted to extinction in Britain, but is now regaining a flourishing population in Scotland thanks to reintroduction projects on the west and east coasts.  I have been lucky to have some fantastic sightings of these birds and never tire of watching them.

Click here to read about my fundraising for Scotland's White-Tailed Eagles.



Cartoons
I really enjoy drawing cartoons and have been inspired by the antics of Scotland's White-Tailed Eagles. Visit my Cartoon Gallery to see some Eagle Antics! There is also a free eBook you can download 'Frozen Nuptials', a love story based on the antics of a pair of east Scotland White-tailed Eagles.

Printed Eagle Antics books are available to purchase via my online Shop.

 
     
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