Born in New York City, Karen Horne was raised in California and Utah. She was fortunate to grow up in a home where art was actively created and enjoyed. She was inspired by her mother, Phyllis F. Horne, a noted Utah landscape painter, and her great-grandmother, Alice Merrill Horne, arts advocate and early legislator.
Karen Horne attended Yale University, first as a premed. She discovered her true calling after a color course and visit to the Metropolitan Museum in NYC, and went on to graduate with honors and distinction in the art major. After earning an MFA in Painting at Indiana University, she continued her studies in Florence and Rome. In 1985 Karen moved to NYC where she worked at the noted museum, The Frick Collection, and actively painted and exhibited her work. After 11 years in Manhattan, missing family and the mountains, she and her husband returned to Salt Lake City. They went on to found HORNE Fine Art in 2003.
Once back in Utah, Karen began painting the urban scene. She quickly became well known for her dramatic paintings of downtown restaurants and landmarks such as the Capitol Theatre, Trax lines, and the Union Pacific Station. She received the SLC Mayor's Visual Artist Award for this ongoing series, and also an ARTY for "Best Impressionist Paintings of Salt Lake City". She also paints her travels to cities such as Rome, London, San Francisco, Santa Fe, and Paris.
Over the years, Karen Horne's artworks have received numerous awards, both nationally and locally. The Olympiad Committee elected her an "Honored Artist of Utah." She has been featured in magazines including Fine Art Connoisseur, Southwest Art, Salt Lake Magazine, Front Row, Utah Storiesand Utah Style & Design.Her paintings have been exhibited in major cities and are held in numerous collections including the State of Utah, Springville Museum, Zions Bank, Hilton Hotel, American Express as well as in private collections throughout the U.S. and in Europe.
Karen's interest in movement also brought her to create an Art of Dance® series which depicts ballet, ballroom, tango and flamenco dancers.