Karen Hymer is a visual artist from Tucson, Arizona. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art Photography from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University, Medford and her Master of Arts and Master of Fine Art in Fine Art Photography from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

Hymer actively exhibits her work both nationally and internationally. Recent venues include the Phoenix Art Museum (Phoenix, AZ), Art Intersection (Gilbert, AZ),The Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins, CO), and Athens Institute for Contemporary Art (Athens, GA). Her work is in several public collections, including the center for Creative Photography and the Polaroid International Collection.

Her experience and technical interests are wide-ranging. Although “trained” as a photographer, her approach to image making explores the blending of photo- sensitive materials, digital media, printmaking and encaustics. She offers workshops in Photopolymer Gravure printing and private consultations for digital color management, workflow and fine art digital printing.


Hymer’s current work explores the effects of time on the human body and various plant life. Her richly detailed photogravures emphasize the interplay of texture, pattern, light and shadow in muted earth tones.

The images are visually seductive; a poetic beauty is revealed in often-overlooked subjects.