Karen Klee-Atlin is originally from Toronto, where she studied at the Ontario College of Art. She did graduate work in painting and printmaking and received 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 in Fremont.
Much of her life has been spent overseas and these periods of time have contributed richly to her work.Her work in woodcuts, lino-cuts and monoprints represents eight years of printmaking as her primary medium. Her choice of subject matter is eclectic and ranges from nature and figures to utilitarian objects but tends to an emphasis on beauty overlooked or obscured. She has shown her work internationally, and her images can be found as 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.