Karen is from the Chemainus First Nations Band. Coming from a family of artists, she has been immersed in the arts for most of her life. Her mother Jane Marston, her brothers Luke Marston, John Marston and her sister Angela Marston are all artists as well.
She worked under her mother Jane and the late Elder Simon Charlie, assisting them in painting paddles, masks, totems, and canvases. From that experience she developed her itskills and was introduced to tradional Northwest Coast art. She also worked with the late Elder Marg Crocker, who taught her the art of weaving.
Since Karen has been exposed to multiple disciplines of art, she worked in a variety of media. However, she is perhaps best known for her carvings, having the talent to create woven pieces such as vests, blankets, wall hangings, bags, place mats and floor mats. She has also assisted family members by incorporating some weaving details into their artworks.
Passionate about creating art, Karen continues to learn and to teach her children and anyone else who wants to learn.