"Because of Katie" & Word soup

(206) 914-8287

Poulsbo, WA, United States

Karen had the privilege of studying art in England during a term of her college career. Working en plein air was an important part of the program.

Karen Boren Gerstenberger is a painter and mixed media artist who earned a bachelor's degree in Fine Art from Principia College in Elsah, Illinois, after spending her freshman and sophomore years in general studies at Pomona College in Claremont, California.

After suffering from "artist's block" for decades, Karen took a workshop from intuitive painter Flora Bowley and the block dissolved.

Karen paints primarily with acrylic, ink and watercolor. She has taught Intuitive Ink Painting at Rancho La Puerta in Mexico and Meditative Drawing at the Bloedel Reserve in Washington State. Karen works in her home studio on the shores of Puget Sound, where she lives with her husband, Gregg. They are the parents of David & Katie.

Karen Boren Gerstenberger  Artist

Karen is the author of a memoir, "Because of Katie," the story of her family's journey through the world of pediatric cancer care with her daughter, Katie. After Katie's death at the age of 12 in 2007 from adrenocortical carcinoma, Karen became an advocate for cancer research and family-centered care. She spent years raising awareness and hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity through her writing and public speaking. Her book is available in paperback and Kindle format on Amazon.com.

Karen is a graduate of the National Speakers Association's Northwest Academy, as well as the creator of "Word Soup," a writer's workshop for beginners and blocked writers, which she has taught at local public libraries.


acrylic & ink
painting & drawing