About the Artist
Karina is a portrait artist and an art therapist (ATR-P, LPC-A), both driven by her lifelong love of art. Karina values creative expression, trusting the process, and creating pieces and healing for others.
We adopted my best friend, Smudge, when I was 5 years old. I grew up alongside her for 13 years until she passed right after my 18th birthday in 2014. I loved growing up with her, especially being an only child - she was my best buddy and my everyday playmate. When deciding what to name my portrait business, thinking about the smudges I make when deep in my artwork, I knew I had to make it her namesake. Keeping her memory alive through what I love to do brings me so much joy.