Karen Stephens is a Painter who lives and works in remote Queensland. Karen completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from Griffith University, Queensland College of Art in 2017. Karen has exhibited to both national and international audiences and been a finalist in a number of prestigious awards in her early career. In 2015 she was awarded Griffith University’s ‘Bonnie English Memorial Award’ for Fine Art Theory and in 2016 awarded the 2016 ‘Art for Life Award’- a state award for the Flying Arts Alliance’s Queensland Regional Art Awards touring exhibition.

Working predominantly in the field of contemporary landscape painting Karen’s practice examines her sense of perception of horizon and her relations to subjects compositionally within the landscape. Her paintings blur representational and abstract definitions of her reality influenced by a questioning of her interaction with this space.

Her works have been chosen as finalists in the Mosman Art Prize, John Leslie Art Prize, Pro Hart Outback Art Prize, Parliament Plein Air Art Prize and the Elaine Bermingham National Prize for Watercolour in Landscape Painting.

In 2018 Karen undertook residency at the Margaret Olley Centre, Tweed Regional Art Gallery NSW and Manhattan, New York City (USA).