Karen Kotlarz has been a Spokane resident since 1997, having moved from the upper Yakima Valley. Married to husband Jeff for 25 years they have two amazing boys who are also creatively blessed (comes from two artistic parents). Karen has always had a creative spirit but only recently learned to weld. She loves to explore what she can make the metal do … that is one reasons abstract, free-form sculpture is so appealing to her because it allows for that exploration. Another part of the creative process she enjoys is treasure hunting for the reclaimed and re-purposed materials that she uses as much as possible. Karen is excited to continue learning more metal working techniques and for the opportunities this is bringing her way. None of this would have been possible without the loving support and shameless promotion of her wonderful husband.