Karen Totten

Karen has worked professionally as an artist and designer for over 30 years in a variety of creative disciplines: architectural design, illustration, art direction, mixed media art, interaction design. She currently works full time as a User Experience (UX) Design Principal for an international consultancy. When not flying to work every week, her other passions are ceramic art, sketching, and occasionally, jewelry design. “For me, the creative life, from UX to fine art, has always been one of exploration and adventure. As the daughter of an air force navigator, I grew up a traveler. To this day I am intrigued by stories and motifs that transcend time, culture, and geography.“

Keep-Our-Sanity Challenge: Moon

The theme of our Keep-Our-Sanity challenge this week is Our Moon.   Our moon has been our solitary companion since earliest days of our solar system. We are still not certain exactly how or when it came into being, but the leading theory is that a…
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Weekly Keep-Our-Sanity Challenge: Cat

The theme of our Keep-Our-Sanity challenge this week is Cat.   Cats have long been part of human life, with signs of domestication dating back to around 12,000 years ago. They originated in the near east, so it is little wonder they show up in the…
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Weekly Keep-Our-Sanity Challenge: Star

The theme of our Keep-Our-Sanity challenge this week is Star.   “The cosmos is within us. We are made of star-stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself.”  ― Carl Sagan   This quote - one of my favorites about stars - is a profound…
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Weekly Keep-Our-Sanity Challenge: Joy

For this installment of our weekly Keep-Our-Sanity challenge, we chose the theme of the Joy.   joy |joi|  a feeling of great pleasure and happiness: tears of joy | the joy of being alive. ~ Apple Dictionary He who binds to himself a joy Does the winged life destroy;…
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