Karen's passion for nature, science and design can be seen in the representations of scenic beauty and in the evocative contrasts and complements of pattern found in her artwork.

      Using oils and acrylics on canvas as well as mosaics, Karen takes expressive and spiritual inspiration from niches in the worlds' ecosystems. 

      "The reward, as an artist, biologist and writer, is to have us consider the Earth less haughtily, more as admirers and caretakers.....and to enjoy the human virtues of innovation, storytelling and free design."

      Karen L Bowen was born in Toronto, Ontario. She and her husband have raised three wonderful children on the banks of the Holland River, in the countryside of King Township and on the shores of Georgian Bay. Karen pent 26 years teaching Biology and math in York Region. Now, she steals time away from work and duty to explore her creative side and to forge an Act 2, through art and writing.


Updated June 2020- (shows, exhibits, awards)


CHRISTMAS ART/GIFT SALE   Sat Dec. 12, 1-6 pm at Wymbolwood Studio (Covid protocols in place)

WYMBOLWOOD STUDIO opens June 2020,     491 Tiny Beaches Rd South    (10 min from Midland Ontario)

open by chance or by appt.     call or text 905-954-5067       (fine art;  workshops in 2021)

see me in The Artmap for Simcoe, Grey Bruce County    (

all 2020 shows cancelled due to Covid-19

2019 Shows:

King Studio Tour,        Newmarket Juried Art Show (Old Town Hall),     Collingwood Art and Music Festival ,

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair,     Newmarket Art Walk  (,    

McMichael Fall Sale, Kleinberg.    TOP TEN SELLER


'Canada Rocks', 2nd place Peoples' Choice Award, Aurora Cultural Ctr - January 2018

Butterfly Mosaic, 'Papilionem Fons' featured on the cover of MOSAIC MAGAZINE - Spring 2018

'Old Driveshed', oil  36 x 24"    WINS 4th place, Peoples' Choice, SOYRA Showcase Art Exhibit, Aurora CC - January 2018

Finalist for the Murray Clerkson Award, Collingwood, BMFA;  for 'Old Driveshed'

Honourable Mention Hilda Noble Award for 'Veiled Wheat', 2018;  BMFA

'Roger's Reservoir', Honourable Mention in Newmarket Heritage Art Exhibit

TOP TEN SELLER  McMichael Fall Art Sale 2019

Juried Exhibits:

QUEST GALLERY, Midland, `Simcoe Sightings`, `Local Findings``

SOLO EXHIBIT, Southlake Regional Health Centre Gallery - 2018

Aurora Cultural Centre, 'From Memory'

NGA Southlake Gallery, Newmarket - April 2019

Newmarket Juried Art Show 2019

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