Originally from Montreal, Canada, Karen Roehl moved to Denver as a youngster in 1967. She has enjoyed living in the growing and vibrant Mile-High City, where she raised her two daughters, Vesla and Andria. Karen began her artistic career when she completed a design program at the Art Institute of Colorado in 1987. She enjoyed a successful career as a graphic artist for over 20 years, the last eight of which were spent running her own design business. Satisfying a life-long desire to expand her creative talents into the fine arts, she entered the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program at University of Colorado at Denver and completed her BFA degree in December 2007, graduating magna cum laude.
Now known for her paintings inspired by abstract expressionism, Karen has work in many private and national collections. She also enjoys combining realism and her abstract mark-making to create contemporary western genre paintings, primarily using horses as inspiration. Karen joined the faculty at Art Students League of Denver in 2011, where she hosts classes in basic and abstract painting. She was also a founding member and served on the Board of Denver’s acclaimed Ice Cube Gallery in the RiNo Arts District. She regularly participates in group, juried and invitational exhibitions.