Karen Mitchell Starika has over 25 years as a preservation architect, receiving awards from the National Historic Trust and the Louisiana Preservation Alliance. She was also published in the Architectural Record for a preservation project in New Orleans, and has additionally taught classical piano for over a decade.
Having a lifelong passion for history in terms of music, literature, architecture and art, she has followed an impulse to reinvent herself in the guise of artist, and craft through creative energy a personal artistic interpretation and rendering of historic structures, with an imaginative, colorful, fanciful whimsy.
The art of history through her own voice, informed by subject familiarity, with a freedom from the sometimes prosaic dictates of pragmatic, mathematical and structural consent.
She dedicates this show to her mother, Doris Mitchell, a fourth generation Frederick native, who passed away in 2008.