Karen Kinney is a writer, visual artist, and teacher. At her core, she is a mystic and guide, channeling wisdom through her creative work. She has spent over 20 years practicing and studying contemplative spirituality, and this is the basis from which her creativity is birthed. She desires to use a multitude of creative mediums as vessels for truth, beauty, and justice.
She is also passionate about providing platforms for women’s spiritual perspectives and experiences through writing. She authors a quarterly newsletter on the divine feminine and co-leads writing groups designed to support the union of mysticism and words on the page.
Her forthcoming book, Everyday Wisdom for the Creative Soul: A Guide to Transformative Living, is a compilation of meditations on an array of topics including abundance, gratitude, transitions, stepping into your power, and embracing the unknown.
Her first book, The Reluctant Artist: Navigating and Sustaining a Creative Path, is a guide to fully owning and nurturing your creative passions and work.
In addition to writing books, Karen is an avid freelance writer and her articles and essays have appeared in Common Dreams, Cultural Daily, A Loved Life, Collective Wisdom, and Mexico News Daily.
She has pursued a multifaceted art career, exhibiting work nationally and internationally. Her art resides in numerous private collections, including those of Stanford University, actor Bob Odenkirk, and NPR's Guy Raz, and was purchased for the Lionsgate film The Lincoln Lawyer. She has designed installation work for the Los Angeles International Airport and painted murals in LA and Mexico.
As a speaker, Karen has led workshops on the creative process in the States and taught about creative freedom at The University of Hong Kong and The San Miguel de Allende International Writers’ Conference in Mexico. She also speaks about spirituality and transformation from a feminist perspective.
Karen is originally from the Midwest and obtained a Masters degree in social work from the University of Chicago. She made California her home for 17 years and now splits her time between Los Angeles and Central Mexico with her husband and their cat, Sophie.