Karen Bezuidenhout, who now shares her time between South Africa and Santa Barbara, was born and raised in the wine country of Stellenbosch, South Africa. It was there that she began her lifelong love of riding horses and where her rich, earthy color palette and sense of adventure began to develop.

Her favorite subject matter are her own loves and experiences - horses on the beach, in fields, and trekking across the Namibian desert; farm houses, Moroccan villages, rolling hills, chickens; elephants and a variety of African wildlife. Ask Karen about a particular painting and she'll likely have an enchanting story about it - a journey, a dream, or an inspired moment. Karen's work has been described as "earthy, soulful and primitive, yet sophisticated."

Her painting have been featured on the cover of Robert Redford's Sundance catalog and are found in homes of collectors and celebrities around the world.