Born in Chicago in 1962, Karen Colbert has been based in Ireland since 1993. She received a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Painting in 1987 after completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Illustration, later studying Sumi-e: Japanese Black Ink Painting with Professor Emeritus Shozo Sato.
Karen’s abstract watercolour paintings are committed to the use of shape, pattern and full colour. They are set in either geometric or organic patterns and are highly structured and expressive compositions. She has exhibited her work in solo, group, invited, and juried national and international exhibitions in Ireland, Austria, Italy and the USA and has placed her work in public and private collections in Ireland and abroad.