Since I was very young, I have always loved being creative! At 18, I attended Fresno City College for 2 years. A summer "experiment" of opening a shop in a renovated mansion quickly blossomed into a full-time job, leading to three successively larger store locations. I owned and operated my own gift shop/boutique, Karen's Keepsakes, in the historic Tower District of Fresno, California for over 20 years. I enjoyed meeting the public, and being creative in my work. It was great fun, and rewarding on many levels. We moved to Clovis, California and closed my retail store in 2014. We now have an online website, BaubleBabe Jewelry which is a lot of fun,
and I am a full-time artist, which has been a dream of mine forever.
Artistically, in the last ten years, I've turned increasingly to mixed media, digital art, collage, and photography for the imagery in my literary illustrations. I do literary art for publication in books and on the intetnet. My clients range from the textbook companies Glencoe/ McGraw-Hill in the USA, and Pronk & Associates in Canada, to small literary journals in the USA and abroad. I was a cover artist for MET Press in Baltimore, Md.
I am married to poet Michael McClintock. I do all the fine-art formatting for my husband's poetry, which can be seen on our sites on Pinterest: Poetry Gallery and Michael McClintock Poet.
Our store in Aug. 1984, later renamed Karen's Keepsakes, at 802 E. Olive, Fresno, CA. We CLOSED our family business in 2014 when we moved from Fresno to Clovis, Ca. We now have an online store which lots of fun:
Please visit our online website at http://www.baublebabejewelry.com
My brick and mortar store, Karen's Keepsakes at
802 E. Olive Ave, Fresno, Ca. I loved my Art Deco design storefront, built in 1929 in Fresno's historic Tower District.
Murals by Mike Bonit. Karen's Keepsake's street view, our online website is Baublebabe Jewelry.