Karen Roarke grew up in Cranston, Rhode Island. After graduating from Boston College in 1984 where she majored in Studio Art, Karen moved to the beaches of Southern California. In 1988 she earned a Master of Art degree in Drawing & Painting from California State University, Fullerton. Continuing her studies at The Claremont Graduate University, Roarke received the Emily Ann Horowitz Fellowship and was awarded a Master of Fine Art degree in January 1990. In 1994 she moved from downtown Los Angeles to New York City and three years later settled near the ocean in Middletown, Rhode Island. In addition to working in her Middletown studio, she serves as Director of the Hunter Gallery in the Drury Grosvenor Center for the Arts at St. George’s School.
Roarke’s work, exhibited locally and internationally for over 20 years, is included in the collections of Fidelity Investments, Nestlé Corporation and Tokai Bank and in numerous private collections.