As a child of the 50's, Karen lived in
a tiny house on a tiny lake with her parents and two older sisters.
Then the TV came along and Howdy Doody, Roy Rogers,
The Lone Ranger and The Cisco Kid joined the
she wasn't pretending to be queen of the West she drew paper
dolls for the neighborhood kids. She also spent time at Marshall's
drugstore checking out the competition… those artists that
illustrated all those lovely 50s movie star paperdoll books
like Debbie Reynolds and Doris Day. Cute was the look of the
day and they were CUTE. Karen's older sister kept her up nights
by asking Karen to keep her company watching old movies on The
Late Show. Her sister would fall asleep, but Karen was wide
awake and hooked on all those old films. "Camille"
always seemed more interesting than another episode of Rin
had thoughts of a career in art and before long she graduated
from Miami University with a B.F.A. in painting and art history.
She pursued a "career in the clouds" with United Airlines
in Chicago, but doing something more creative was always on
her mind. Then Karen became an artist in training at American
Greetings where she worked on a variety of products and slowly
climbed out of the training phase in the Humorous/Juvenile Department.
There was always the chance of working on paperdoll product
for cards and that was a favorite assignment and a return to
childhood. Working with other artists was the biggest benefit
of her job and she eventually moved up from artist to art director.
Karen's time is spent in her studio doing freelance illustrations
for various publications and paper doll projects for Paper Studio Press.
Titles by Karen Reilly for Paper Studio Press
Seasons Paper Dolls