Karen Smith is a Canterbury artist who was originally from Perth, Western Australia. She now lives in Methven, in the heart of the Southern Alps, with her Kiwi husband and 3 children where they all enjoy country life. She is a full time artist, an established professional landscape painter of both realistic and contemporary work. Karen works predominantly in oils from her studio in Methven. The New Zealand landscape is her great inspiration, the forever changing light and moods, the brooding skies of Southerly and Norwest winds. Karen ventures out in the high country to gather pictures and sketches to work with in her studio. As well as gallery representation, she also produces work on commission. She has been fortunate to win many awards and has held numerous solo and group exhibition in New Zealand and more recently, overseas.