BIOGRAPHY: Karen Zima was born in Easton, Pennsylvania. Her talent was recognized early, when at the age of ten she won a prize for a portrait in a school contest. After high school, she furthered her art studies at Penn State. Karen is a prolific painter whom is known for her great attention to detail and strength color in her work. She can make light and brilliant color dance on her canvas to create a magical and alluring harmony. Her expertise is in painting in oil, acrylic and pastel. Throughout her life, she has drawn from inspiration from everyday and everyone around her. The, she adds her imagination and brings an alluring work of art to life.

As a photographer, I am drawn to beauty in nature and the people that surround us. Through the lens, I strive to create images that provoke thought and evoke emotion.

ARTIST STATEMENT: I create because I must. To exist without producing any works of art, whether it be through the brush or through the lens, would be a life unlived. My work is both reflection and expression of myself. It is my lifeline.