Karen Rose has been a painter for over 30 years in San Francisco, New York City, and Raleigh. She is half Mexican and is inspired by city and landscapes and Flora around the world. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in humanities from UC Berkeley and a Master’s degree in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York. She made loosely grid based paintings for 20 years before she moved to North Carolina where she began painting in the NC Botanical Gardens, the Arboretum and Duke Gardens. She took a trip to the Galapagos where she made 45 watercolors of plants, animals and landscapes. Last year she created watercolors of indigenous plants of Mexico and most recently has been making large scale oil paintings of Flora, Seaweed and Coral. She has taught art in private and public schools at Sacred Heart Cathedral School, Wiley International Studies Magnet Elementary, and currently is the Art and Design Teacher at Cary Academy Upper School.