Karen Dougharty-Spachner, takes her inspiration from her home, island of Hawai’I, living her dream of painting in an open air studio. Set high on a mountain above Kona, her half-century old home is surrounded by gardens blossoming with all varieties of Hawaiian trees and flowers. Her fanciful designs reflect the island’s beauty and warmth. As the island of Hawai’I grows from volcanic action, Karen’s work continues to emerge as a true portrait of Hawai’I, as she captures local fish, historical sites, beaches, flora and fauna.
Her love of children has led her on the exciting adventure of illustrating children’s books. “Keikilani the Kona Nightingale” is the first of a series of five books.
Painting and drawing most of her life, Karen majored in art at Dean College in Massachusetts. She attended New York’s School of Visual Arts. She moved to Hawai’i over 20 years ago, and her works can be found in shops and galleries around the islands, and in homes around the world.