Karen Bishop was born in Cheltenham, England, in 1968 and moved to Kingston, Ontario, in the winter of 1992. When she first arrived in Canada, she was unable to work while waiting for her papers, so she made use of the time by enrolling in some art classes, eventually leading to her graduating from the University of Alberta's Extension centre with a Fine Arts certificate in 2002. Since 2007, she has been pursuing art full-time, and between May of 2011 and January of 2016 she co-owned and operated The Daffodil Gallery in the heart of Edmonton’s Gallery district.
Karen's work is not intended to be a faithful reproduction of the landscape before her. Instead she paints by feel. The paintings that evoke the most emotion are those completed on location where she is able to allow her surroundings and the weather to dictate how the painting will turn out, trying not to worry about the ending, rather letting the painting unfold and track its own course across the paper.