Cretaceous Coastal Environment by Karen Carr

Shown: Deinonychus, Tenontosaurs, Ornithodesmus and Gobiconodon
Geologic period: Cretaceous


Cretaceous Coastal Environment

Part of Karen's Ancient Life Series for The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, "Cretaceous Coastal Environment" shows a pack of hunting Deinonychus stalking a herd of Tenontosaurs. Overhead, Ornithodesmus sail on coastal breezes.

Although the focus of this mural is clearly on the dinosaurs and the flying pterosaurs, look also for Gobiconodon, a primitive mammal from a group of animals called Amphilestids. Small and somewhat resembling an opossum, Gobiconodon is known from fossils found both in Mongolia and the western United States.

Karen's mural is also richly illustrated with plants of the Cretaceous Period, including magnolia, cycads, tree ferns and water lilies.

Karen's Ancient Life Series for The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History was selected in juried competition to appear in the Communication Arts annual illustration issue. Images are selected by a juried panel from among thousands of entries worldwide.

Other samples of work for Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History:

Client information:

Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History
2401 Chautauqua Avenue
Norman, OK

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In addition to the time she spends painting, Karen finds time now and again to serve as a guest speaker, lecturer and instructor to museum groups, professional organizations, schools and universities. She has also presented master classes in art and digital painting at universities in the U.S.

Karen has delivered recent presentations for these institutions and groups:

  • Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Guild of Natural Science Illustrators at the College of William & Mary and at Montana State University
  • New Mexico Highlands University
  • University of Texas at Arlington
  • University of North Texas
  • Dallas Paleontological Society


About Karen

Originally trained in the classical techniques of illustration and painting, Karen frequently speaks on the transition to a digital world, and on the challenges and benefits this transition poses for artists, clients and viewers. She conducts professional seminars on painting, illustration and digital image creation, and also offers specific programs tailored to the needs of professional groups or classroom instructors.

To contact Karen about a speaking engagement, just drop her a note or call her studio.

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