Karen Laurence-Rowe was born in Uganda – daughter to a civil engineer. Her family lived a nomadic existence spending much of their time in some of East Africa's most beautiful and unspoiled landscapes – teaming with wildlife and dramatic scenery.
"The beauty of Africa is ingrained in my blood – I love its untamed and often harsh beauty – its unpredictability. Africa is changing so fast – we are losing so much, I feel compelled to get it down – now – before it is lost forever."
Karen is a self taught painter and although studied Graphic Design and worked in Advertising for some years, in time, she began to explore the joy of Fine Art and has slowly developed a style which is fast becoming popular to her clients at home in Kenya and in the British and American Markets.
In May of 2012, Karen won the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year Awards held at the Mall Galleries in London. She was winner of the Endangered Species category and voted overall winner of this prestigious annual event.