Karie O'Donnell graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art with a BFA in Illustration. She also studied architecture and graphic design at the New York Institute of Technology, illustration at Ohio University and photography with the University of Pittsburgh’s Semester at Sea. Karie is a Signature Member of the Society of Animal Artists as well as a member of the Pencil Art Society.
     Growing up in Florida, Karie was inspired by wildlife along the coast and at the Audubon shelter where she volunteered. Her current art studio overlooks the ocean in Brant Rock, Massachusetts, where she produces her oil paintings and graphite drawings. In addition to her work as an artist, Karie teaches children at her “Budding Artist Studio” and enjoys the seashore with her children, Sarah and Henry.

     I have been in love with the ethereal beauty of birds for as long as I can remember. As soon as I was able to hold a pencil, I became fascinated with capturing these beautiful creatures - their images, personalities and spirits on paper. And, so, I have been portraying them all my life in drawings. With the new challenge of painting them and their environments in color, I have embraced both mediums, each complimenting and advancing the other. It’s been a compelling, wonderful journey.  
     For each new work, I begin with the soulful essence of the eyes. Then, as the eyes begin to tell me their story, inspiration takes full flight and guides me through warm downy feathers and a vibrant setting. After countless hours and layers, my passion unfolds and the bird emerges, revealing its own inner strength and freedom - the  culmination of my self expression.  This incredible feeling of accomplishment is complete when others see my work and feel a connection to nature and themselves.