Currently based in Toronto, Karen Klee-Atlin studied at the Ontario College of Art and did graduate work in painting and printmaking, receiving her MFA in painting from the University of Calgary. She has lived in many parts of Canada and the US as well as in Peru, the Philippines and Mexico, teaching art in schools and universities as well as pursuing her own studio work. She teaches at the Kirkland Arts Center and has her studio near her home in the Trinity-Bellwoods area of Toronto.
Much of her life has been spent overseas and these periods of time have contributed richly to her work. While primarily trained as a painter, her woodcuts, linoleum-cuts and monoprints represent ten years of printmaking as her primary medium. Her choice of subject matter is eclectic and features nature-based images as well as figurative work emphasizing industrial workers and utilitarian objects. She is drawn to the beauty of overlooked or obscure subjects.
Karen has shown her work internationally, and her images can be found on the covers of two plays, Bone Cage and It Is Solved By Walking, by Canadian playwright and two-time Governor-General’s Award winner Catherine Banks.