A San Mateo County native, Karen Chew graduated from UC Berkeley in Environmental Design (Architecture, Visual Design). Since 1998, she has exhibited drawings, paintings, and artist books in Italy, Florida, and the Bay Area. Her paintings and mixed media pieces are created in layers of professional grade watercolors, acrylics, etc. over BFK printmaking paper or fine canvas. Chew finds that these archival quality paints and surfaces offer an unlimited range of wet and dry applications, while exploring family and cultural narrative.