I paint the plants and animals of the Chesapeake Bay in the tradition of artists as naturalists and educators. The subjects I paint are my lifelong friends. The plants, animals, and landscapes that I‘ve grown to love from a life spent in nature. My art is simple and delicate on the surface with neutral colors, but each stoke is done with passion, deep connection, and love.

My work gives a voice to the lives of the plants and animals and makes the invisible visible. Whether it’s in your home or office, my art and illustration help you create the space to breathe, relax, and be fully alive.

About Karen Laurie

Karen Laurie Thomas


A life-long naturalist, Karen Laurie’s art captures the captures moments from a life dedicated to listening to nature’s silent whispers and exploring her magic and beauty.

Her work has been shown in Alexandria, Falls Church, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach, Virginia. She’s had two solo exhibitions and has curated multiple art exhibitions for Del Ray Artisans Gallery and The Gallery at Creative Cauldron.

You can hire Karen Laurie for custom illustrations, commission artwork, or work with her by attending a workshop.