Heart of Christmas
Karen lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband who is both a farmer and a teacher, and her two large dogs and two horses, Fatty and Bratty. She also has two grown daughters who live nearby and are English teachers. But her mother was her strongest influence as an artist and craftswoman. Her mother loved painting impromptu portraits with only an hour's notice. Karen follower her mother’s lead and enjoyed trying new crafts including assembling model wooden ships and planes, sewing her own clothes and doodling. Karen perfected her skills with a Fine Arts degree from Northern Illinois University, and freelanced for greeting card and magazine companies upon graduation. Soon after, she was hired by Enesco as a staff designer, where she continues to create popular brands like Foundations®, Heart of Christmas™, and Bless You!™.
Always aspiring to learn and grow, Karen is influenced by nature and the world around her. She likes to create with a connection to nature, using organic patterns and a natural color palette. She also finds hardware stores and flea markets just as inspiring. Karen not only creates designs, but she often develops inspirational copy as well. She believes a perfect word can be the difference between a good day and a sad one, a clever saying can make you laugh, and a thoughtful phrase can bring a tear of remembrance. This sentiment is reflected in every piece she designs.