Kari was born in the UK, where she also did her original career training, emigrating to Australia in 1987.
She worked primarily as a paedeatric nurse, in the fields of Oncology and Palliative Care, and later as the coordinator of a Child Development Unit. She found an outlet for her creative side in setting up and managing a toy library for children with additional needs - an area that required designing, creating and specially adapting play resources in ways that were tailored for each child.
She now lives in Adelaide, South Australia, with her husband and three children. The family has at various times lived in both the UK and USA, and it was while in the USA that she took the opportunity to follow her ambition to study visual arts.
Kari has always enjoyed painting and drawing, and discovered a special interest in creating theatre sets and props for school and community theatre groups both in Australia and the USA. She also enjoys drawing with conte crayon and painting, especially with oils.
Her preference is for a distinctly realistic style, but she has been developing a cartooning technique with strong colours and black line definition that makes for Seuss-like murals that kids love.
Most recently, she has been having fun delving into the world of illustration for children's books.