Growing up in a big crafty family, Kari soaked up the idea that creativity is a normal feature of being human. By kindergarten, when a tiny classmate admired her drawing of a horse, she told her, “I'll show you how to draw your own,” and gave her first art lesson. (She provided tips on how to start with a peanut shape for the head, with notes on eyelash and nostril placement.) She is descended from famous visionaries: her parents, a seamstress and an engineer, pooled their talents to create Halloween costumes for the sisters that routinely swept all the prizes at the local townie costume contest.
She earned her Bachelor's of Fine Art in Visual Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is now an illustrator and parade spectacle artist in the Boston area. As a Yay Maker artist, she works hard to share techniques that will help even the most reluctant beginner come away with a canvas they are proud of. The sight of paintbrushes still makes her heart beat faster every time, and she believes it is never too late to find your bliss.