Karen Goetzinger is a visual artist who after living in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and New York, resides in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Through the use of mixed media such as acrylic, ink, graphite and oil pastel, she expressively marks the imprint of time and place on individual memory. There is a fierceness about her brushwork— an agitation and determination and yet her paintings are often described as beautiful, uplifting and filled with life and energy. Colours and strokes with forward movement push off the edge of the canvases as if there were not enough space to contain all that life. 

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fashion Design with an emphasis in Fine Arts from Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her work is exhibited by public and commercial galleries throughout North America, in cities such as Milwaukee, Toronto, and New York. It has also been shown in exhibition spaces in China and Australia and hangs in both private and corporate collections internationally.

Recent recognition for her work includes a 2019 ARTicipate Endowment Fund grant and exhibition award at the Shenkman Arts Centre in Ottawa, Ontario,Canada. Her work has been funded by both the Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts.

Karen has taught at the Ottawa School of Art and by invitation in Australia and New Zealand. She was appointed to the Ottawa Arts, Culture, and Heritage Investment Program Steering Committee and was unanimously elected to the Arts Network Ottawa Board of Directors, serving two consecutive three year terms.