Karen Johnson - 2019 AIB Top 20 Finalist

Karen Johnson is a West Michigan native, currently living in Holland and working as a Senior Designer. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Western Michigan University, having majored in art with a concentration in graphic design. In her spare time, Karen creates mixed media and polymer clay pieces and enjoys jewelry making and drawing.

When explaining the inspiration behind her piece, “Celebrate,” Karen says, “Tulip Time is a celebration consisting of many elements, such as Dutch Dance, wooden shoes and windmills, with the tulip being the star attraction. ‘Celebrate’ is a pen and ink/watercolor pencil drawing that takes Tulip Time icons and incorporates them into the focus, or “star,” of the event – the Tulip.”