Karen O’Brien is a self taught mixed media artist and painter of soulful characters. She started her creative journey as a teddy bear artist and developed a love for experimenting with mixed media materials and techniques. Karen believes in the letting her muse loose, enjoying the process of creating by following her curiosity. 
Her art has been featured in several books and publications including, Incite: Dreams Realized, Incite 2: Color Passions, Incite 4, Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals, Somerset Studio, Art Journaling and Art Doll Quarterly. Her work can also be viewed at Gallery One in Grants Pass, Oregon.
Karen teaches mixed media painting, offering workshops at her studio in Grants Pass, Oregon and at various locations throughout the year. Her teaching approach is "no mistakes, just dive in and see what happens." She believes in playful curiosity, learning to see and trusting in the process. Karen has written a book on her mixed media techniques Imaginary Characters: Mixed Media Painting Techniques for Figures and Faces , published by Northlight.