Karen is a Nome artist known for her sculptures and her relief prints. She began her career with a focus on sculpture, starting with an apprenticeship in wood relief carving in Norway. Her studies continued and her carving experience increased when she then attended the Native Carving shop at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks. Influenced by a myriad of sources, Olanna draws from Greek myth, Alaskan shamanistic transformations and ancient goddess imagery as well as a variety of animals and human characteristics. From figures that are soft and insubstantial as a cloud to those that are sharp and penetrating like a knife, she explores the foundations of existence that are manifest in, yet transcend, myth and legend.