Born in San Diego, California; second generation artist Karen Maness entered into a conservatory of fine art at the age of eight and began creating private commissions at the age of fourteen. Since then, Maness entered into her professional career as a scenic artist and is now a resident scenic artist at the University of Texas Performing Arts Center in Austin. The work of Maness is diverse and explorative, ranging from classical landscapes and figurative oil paintings to dream-like collaged acrylic pieces. The paintings are evolving with exploration at the root of each work. What remains consistent is the desire to echo and document the stories of life.