Karen Middleton is a full time colour pencil illustrator, working from her home studio in the UK. Initially trained in graphic design, Karen wanted to be an illustrator from a young age. Mostly self taught, having undergone only 1 year of formal art training – falling off her stool at the painting easel aged 5, and getting just a “D” in her A level art exam – Karen has won awards for her art and her images have been licensed internationally for several  years.

Now concentrating mainly on her images of domestic pets, Karen has also had success with her fairie imagery too, having won the UKCPS / Pan Pastel Highly Commended Award in 2011. Her artworks have been used for greeting cards, giftware, embroidery, crafts, stationery and posters throughout the world.

Karen’s love of animals – in particular cats and kittens, allows her to bring out the character and mood of her subjects through her work. Whilst striving for detail, in both her fairie and her animal work, Karen aims to create designs that encompass a sentimental, timeless and enchanting quality - and always with a touch of cute.

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