Welcome!

climbing tree studio

Climbing Tree Studio is a growing art-space in the home and imagination of Karen Viola, a.k.a. me, specializing in children’s books and community engagement. My roots run deep as an art director in the children’s publishing industry, bringing a wealth of connections and experience in all aspects of book creation. I am a graduate of Parsons School of Design.

Visit my unfolding, personal art practice at kvartworks.com.

Besides reading and making children’s books for years, I have raised two children, or rather they have raised me. I’m still growing up, and still climb trees. I hike, sketch, and write for mental health. I like strong coffee and solving problems, in that order. The human journey never ceases to fascinate me and I enjoy celebrating it. Often. 

Follow my trails here.