Inspired primarily by the beauty and spirit of her native Montana as well as travels abroad, Leigh offers original watercolors and commissioned work. With over 30 years of teaching experience, she is also available as a workshop instructor. Her work is included in the collections of Beringer Wineries, ConAgra Industries and the Smithsonian. She is featured in the Fall 2004 issue of WATERCOLOR magazine and was selected as one of twenty "Ones to Watch" in the 2003 Yearbook Issue of WATERCOLOR MAGIC.
A Signature Member of the MTWS, she received the Gold Medal in its 2006 National Juried Show and the President's Award in 2008. Recently, Karen was selected to design an ornament for the White House Christmas Tree and was honored at a reception hosted by the First Lady at the White House. She has also been selected for inclusion in the 2008 and 2009 C.M. Russell "Masters in Miniature" invitational.