Karen Curran - About the artist and author

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About the artist and author

Karen Curran has been a graphic designer, typographer and illustrator for business clients all her adult life, however after a serious illness in 2015 she discovered that at the heart of her was a creative painter. Karen wrote and illustrated her first inspirational book, 'Beyond the Red Shoes' in early 2016.

Now her time is divided between her design clients and her love of painting and storytelling through her art, restoring her creative life. Karen's artworks have a spiritual base.


Qualifications, Awards and Studies - 1976 to 2016

  • Diploma in Visual Art - Graphic Arts Reproduction, Typography and Visual Communication - School of Visual Art, East Sydney
  • Life Drawing Studies
  • My Business Award for Solopreneur
  • BMI TAFE Adult Teaching Certificate
  • Cert IV in Training & Assessment
  • Various Workshops including Simon Sinek 'Start With Why'
  • Shamanic Studies - Embodied Shamanism

Practice - 1974 to current
  • Worked as graphic artist for: Dalley Middleton & Moore (aka Dalleys), KVB Visual Concepts, EMI Records, Murray Publishers, Yellow Pages, Thomas Marsden Advertising
  • Operated Children's Painting Workshops
  • Own design studio solo since 1987 - design, illustration, typography for both private and corporate clients in all kinds of fields
  • TAFE Design Teacher part time for 17 years (subjects included design, layout, illustration, typography, life drawing, computer skills, studio practice and more)

Current Studies

Enrolled: Diploma in Art Therapy (currently researching thesis in Art Therapy With Trauma Victims)
Art Therapy subjects include: ~ Theories & Techniques and Clinical Art Therapy, Psychopathology, ~ Through the Life Span, ~ & Spiritual Growth, Child & Family ~ and much more.


Art Workshops
Karen hopes to re-start offering Art Workshops in 2017-18 depending on the level of interest. If you are interested in being on a mail list, please email here.

Karen resides in the Blue Mountains NSW Australia with her husband and their animals - currently two former rescue cats - who tend to rule the roost. Her interests including art, music, dance, spiritual healing.

Her passion is to make a difference and to inspire and bless others through her paintings and art services.
Enquire about current bookings for her intuitive, custom, inspirational paintings.

If you are looking for graphic design services, please see my other site Unicorn Graphics
Karen - you are such a living example of a business owner with 100% integrity and someone who constantly works to follow her dreams …’

Robert Gerrish
Flying Solo

As a resident of the beautiful Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia
I acknowledge the Darug and the Gundungurra Nations as the traditional custodians of this land.

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