Hi I'm Karen

Karen Brake Barge is a native Texan born and raised in Dallas, now living in southern California. Karen was first interested in art when she was accepted into an honors art class at the age of 13. She has been creating art non-stop since then.

Karen received a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree from The University of North Texas and went back to school to get a degree in Computer Graphics in Multimedia a few years later. In 1992, Karen pursued a career in California as a graphic designer in the video game industry. She worked for GTE/Verizon for 9 years. After that she ran her own graphic design corporation for 6 years.

Along the way, she taught a variety of art classes for ages 4 to 85. She created her own curriculum for classes at the Vista Art Foundation’s Gallery 204 where she taught for 5 years. Then she held teaching positions at several Montessori and Catholic schools.

“Realizing that the arts allow for pure excitement and true expression I am excited to teach you everything I can. I want to be the one to enrich the lives of children and adults through the arts.” -Karen

Just A Little Bit About Me

Miss Karen's Latest Paintings

I have a studio in my garage where I do my oil pantings. Oil paint smells a little strong so the garage is the best place.