Karen’s links between chocolate & art were forged many years ago when she began making truffles to serve at her art receptions, thinking it was an unobtrusive way to listen to comments about her work while offering fine chocolate. This set her on a path of exploration in chocolate, and consequently utilizing her storehouse of techniques in a new medium – natural colors and cocoa butter, with the added sparkle of mica – a natural mineral.
Karen is primarily self taught – always learning – with profound expectations and rising goals to expand her capabilities. She’s interested in making the finest chocolate possible with an edible palette of the freshest and most intriguing ingredients – local and sustainable wherever she can find them! She finds the complex science of chocolate intriguing, particularly coupled with the use of natural colorants. Her background is quite varied and firmly rooted in her work as an active artist – with a current focus on oil pastel drawings and encaustic paintings. The last media is the closest to working on chocolate: both involve molten processes that cool quickly, solidify immediately, and include multiple layers that contribute to the depth and luminosity of her offerings.