After studying at Harrow College of Art and Ealing College in London in the late 1970s, Karen Lynn graduated in fashion design, painting and mixed media. She worked as a costume designer for the English National Opera before starting a career in set design, working extensively on various feature films, before moving into television and commercials.
In 2001, Karen begun focusing on oil painting. Her work is inspired by the glamour and appeal of the 40's, 50's and 60's, and it has been compared to Hopper and Hockney, because of its glamorous nostalgic style.
"I have been a figurative painter for some years and love to paint people, fashion, exteriors of architecturally interesting buildings and landscapes. I work in oils and have distinctive style, no matter what I paint. My work is thematic and I am attracted to and revisit time and time again my favourite subjects, including crowds, audiences, populated spaces and landscapes, all painted with a stylist’s eye for colour and imagery. In a fascination with ‘non-uniform uniformity’, that is to say enticing the viewer, who is first to be attracted by the repetition of objects (people, trees, buildings) in a scene, but on closer inspection inviting them to notice and compare discernible difference, moving the eye through the pictorial space”.