Karen Lewis delights in illuminating complex concepts and ideas, with thirty years experience bringing ideas to life – especially for young people.
A background in interactive media includes projects for King County, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Aquarium, Point Defiance Zoo, KCTS television, University of Washington, Seattle Schools, Seattle Public Utilities, and the National Science Foundation.
In print, she provides design and illustration for non-profit and educational markets.
As teaching artist, Karen presents to schools and community groups, mentors young illustrators, and collaborates on summer day camps that focus on imagination and art-making. In response to COVID 19 realities, she is developing a website to foster craft and connection for grade school and middle grade readers who love graphic novels and love to draw.
As author/illustrator, she has held writers residencies at Hedgebrook in Washington and the Syvenna Foundation in Linden, Texas. She has published six picture books along with various works in graphic novel/comic format, including a long-running series for Cobblestone kids’ history magazine.
Her current project combines fantasy and historical fiction to give middle grade audiences insight into key geographical and cultural changes in a city’s history.
Karen lives in Seattle with her husband, her mother, eight chickens, two cats, and an 11-year old son with whom she shares an obsession with graphic novels.
She holds degrees in Fine Arts and Art History from Brown University.