Karen came to St. Louis from her hometown of Kansas City in 1979 where she began her television career at KCMO-TV (now KCTV). She then worked for KSDK, Channel 5 in St. Louis for 27 years, winning six Emmys including two for best anchor. Foss was named media personality of the year, and acquired the highest “Q” rating as the best-known news person in the local market all while becoming a significant participant and role model for her community service in the St. Louis region. In 2005, she was inducted into the Silver Circle by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for her 25 years of journalistic excellence by the NATAS Mid-America Chapter. In 2007 Karen was named vice president for public relations for the utility company Ameren on February 21, 2007 and retired from the utility in 2011 as corporate Senior Vice President for Communications. Her relocation to Santa Fe, New Mexico inspired her to pursue a life long dream of continuing her art studies and practice.
"It can be the particular sag of a roof, the curve of a nose, the fall of light across a field or upon a wall that will send me to my studio, eager to feel the line and the light develop on the surface. As I work, I feel - slowly - the image develop as in a photographic bath. I find parallels in my many decades of journalism, as I search and probe beyond the obvious, to try to uncover the essence of the subject, to reveal its unique elements. I always hope to find and convey a subtle truth. A truth that is sometimes best communicated by its opposite or even its absence. Occasionally a tiny detail, an isolated vignette, will present itself to me as a subject fully worthy of exploration. I can't resist these small moments. To capture and savor, to preserve and interpret an elusive, fragmentary moment of pungency or beauty or contrast is the goal.” - Artist Statement