|Karen Willis worked ten years for various airlines. Her most beloved airline, Frontier, went bankrupt. After living through a bankruptcy with Frontier, followed by several unrewarding jobs, she decided to attend college. In 2004, Karen completed a BA in Photography, followed by completion of her second degree, a BFA in Multimedida, both from The University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center.
Alongside school and working at a major urban hospital, Karen freelanced as the sole web site developer/designer for Colorado Energy Science Center for two years. Currently, she freelances as a photographer for CESC. Her next client was Nature's Gift Candleworks where again, she was sole web site developer/designer and photographer. Most recently, one of her photographs is on the cover of the Central Presbyterian Church's directory. Also, one of her photographs is being widely distributed through St. George's Monastery in Denver. In addition, she is working to build her client list with her new company, Lynx Media.
Karen has been a member of the Colorado Historical Society since 2001. In 2004, she volunteered by working in the photography department within the Colorado History Museum. Her duties included scanning and retouching 19th century photographs. Her "labor of love" was scanning and retouching the Mazzoula collection, which comprises hundreds of glass plate negatives from the late 1800s. She also volunteered two semesters in the Auraria Photo Lab.
In 2002 she was honored by two of her photographs being chosen to hang in the Dean's Art Exhibit within the College of Arts and Media at UCD. Also, in 1999 she participated in the St. Joseph Hospital Professional Art Exhibit. She is a current member of Golden Key International Honor Society, and completed the Chancellor's Scholars and Leaders two-year program.
Her future plans include freelancing through her media company and creating fine art photography. She also plans to join the Society of Photographic Education.