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Shown: Eryops, whose name comes from the Greek for "drawn-out face".
Geologic period: Permian

Animation: Eryops for SVP 75th Anniversary

Eryops was an amphibious temnospondyl, or primitive amphibian, that lived 300 million years ago. Fossils of Eryops have been found from early Permian rocks in Archer County, Texas, and have also been found in late Carboniferous rocks from near Karen's home in New Mexico. Several complete skeletons of Eryops have been found in lower Permian rocks, but skull bones and teeth are its most common fossils.

Karen was asked by friends from Southern Methodist University to create a quick image and animation of Eryops to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. Bones from an Eryops fossil form a portion of the SVP logo, and early Eryops research was contributed in the late 1800s by Jacob Boll, a pioneering naturalist from Dallas.

Other samples of work for Southern Methodist University:

Client information:

Institute for the Study of Earth and Man
Southern Methodist University
P.O. Box 0274
N.L. Heroy Hall
Dallas, TX
(214) 768-2425

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In addition to the time she spends painting, Karen finds time now and again to serve as a guest speaker, lecturer and instructor to museum groups, professional organizations, schools and universities. She has also presented master classes in art and digital painting at universities in the U.S.

Karen has delivered recent presentations for these institutions and groups:

  • Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Guild of Natural Science Illustrators at the College of William & Mary and at Montana State University
  • New Mexico Highlands University
  • University of Texas at Arlington
  • University of North Texas
  • Dallas Paleontological Society


About Karen

Originally trained in the classical techniques of illustration and painting, Karen frequently speaks on the transition to a digital world, and on the challenges and benefits this transition poses for artists, clients and viewers. She conducts professional seminars on painting, illustration and digital image creation, and also offers specific programs tailored to the needs of professional groups or classroom instructors.

To contact Karen about a speaking engagement, just drop her a note or call her studio.

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