Karen Condron graduated from Hofstra University with a degree in Biology on a full violin scholarship. Her initial interest in painting started while painting with her first-born son Jimmy, who today is an accomplished artist. Karen’s original watercolor teacher and mentor was John Rogers, a well known watercolorist in the New York area. Karen moved from Garden City, NY to Wilton, CT where she continued painting until she started and ran a promotional product company on a full-time basis.
For Christmas 2010, Karen’s now adult children bought her paints and supplies and she has painted prolifically ever since. Karen finds limitless inspiration in the beautiful southern Connecticut sunrises and pristine waterfronts. During her first year back, she entered the Norwalk arts festival with over sixty paintings. In 2013, she showed her work at the Norwalk Arts Festival, and the Stratford Arts Guild Festival. During the summer of 2014, she participated in several shows, including the Stratford Art Guild Festival, and the Arts Festival at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich. Karen has and continues to donate many paintings to silent auctions benefiting the American Cancer Society, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Norwalk Chamber of Commerce, and several other organizations.
Karen was diagnosed with Bulbar-Onset ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) in March 2013 with indications of speech loss in 2011. Though she has been greatly affected by this disease, and can no longer speak, she leads an extremely active lifestyle. In addition to painting, Karen continues to exercise, work, volunteer daily at her church, and volunteer with the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce. Karen hopes to raise awareness for ALS through her art.