Rocky Reef Mural, species identification by Karen Carr

Shown: About four dozen of the animal and plant species Karen illustrated for the Channel Islands Rocky Reef mural, part of more than 200 species she created in total.

Animals shown in the Rocky Reef mural included the great white shark, adult and juvenile Garibaldi, giant sea bass, black and yellow rockfish, Pacific electric ray, Pacific Angel shark, california spiny lobster, sheep crab, California sea cucumber and many more!
Geologic period: Modern


Rocky Reef Mural, species identification

When Karen works on a big project, she loves to see the park or museum get the most from the work. Here, the park created a species ID reference so visitors could find and identify animals and plants in the mural.

Other samples of work for Channel Islands National Park:

Client information:

Channel Islands National Park
1901 Spinnaker Drive
Ventura, CA 93001

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— As a guest speaker or lecturer

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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