Born in Portland, Oregon and the oldest of 5 children, Karen devoted countless hours to drawing from a very young age. At eight her family moved to Alaska where she was exposed to a new raw and inspiring beauty that encouraged her love for art and nature. Through the years she has studied under other artists and continues to hone her skill.
It is frequently said of her work that a glow, or light from within her paintings portray warmth and life. Karen strives to capture that life and glow in every subject she paints; often claiming her favorite pastime is chasing the light. Spending many early mornings and late evenings painting en plein aire (French for “in the open air”) Karen refines her ability to record delicate and dramatic effects in light that cannot be accurately captured in photographs. It is from this activity that she gains both the ability to convey and her fascination of, light.
Whitworth's prolific portfolio varies from brilliantly-lit endangered Hawaiian birds perched delicately on red hibiscus blossoms, to grand Alaskan landscapes with towering mountain peaks and cool glacier-fed streams. Her award winning work is diverse and passionate. Her paintings are now found in collections around the world and featured in several US galleries. From her home studio she creates paintings for exhibitions across the US. She lives with her husband, Greg, and two young children in Wasilla, Alaska.