AFC Conservation Artist of the Month for August, 2016
Karen Latham is passionate about her art as well as the wildlife that is so predominate in her paintings. She works with organizations for environmental and conservation causes for wildlife. Karen and her family have donated numerous original paintings and prints for auction and raffle to support North American and international conservation organizations, Raptor rehabilitation centers, nature centers, Zoos, the Safari Club International, and wildlife rescue facilities that care for abused animals.
Her paintings have been featured on US and Canadian conservation stamps including being featured in the Illinois habitat conservation print program and through Ducks Unlimited. These stamps are important for conservation fundraising. She has also been involved with the USFWS Junior Duck Stamp program.
Additionally, just as Karen is dedicated to the preservation of wild lands and the wild creatures that depend on the existence of those places for their survival and is also dedicated to the preservation of true traditional miniature painting in all its forms. The artist and her family, all working 'in miniature' in their painting, work to raise awareness and education of classic miniature art. She is also devoted to encouraging young artists.
Beginning at the age of 10, Karen realized that she had a very special artistic gift. Since that time, she has taught herself to utilize the talent given to her and, in addition to a biology degree, she has studied with a number of prominent contemporary artists. Developing her own style through many hours of study of techniques and creating those of her own, Karen has continually worked to improve her art. "The best artist never stops learning." Karen says. "There is always some way to better your art. You must keep an open mind and be willing to change your work as needed. Many pieces keep evolving as they progress and end up quite the learning experience."
Karen has won numerous awards and exhibits extensively in the United States and England. She has raised thousands of dollars for wildlife and environmental conservation through her paintings and artwork. In sharing the special magic of wildlife and nature in her paintings, she hopes to help the viewer to better appreciate the natural world around them.