Karen Talbot

Karen Talbot is an award-winning conservation artist known primarily for her lifelike paintings of fishes, birds, and botanicals. Splitting her time between the artist community of Laguna Beach, California, where she exhibits her work, and the mountains of western Wyoming, Talbot takes her inspiration from oceans, streams, canyons, and mountains, where she regularly dives, fishes, and climbs.

Talbot doing underwater sketches on a reef in Hawaii.

An ardent conservationist, she aims to educate through her art, and she donates a percentage of sales to help conserve wildlands and waters that inspire her. Talbot works in a variety of media, including watercolor, pen and ink, and acrylic. Collected by anglers, scientists, and people passionate about the beauty of the natural world, Talbot’s artwork can be found worldwide at art shows, galleries, retail stores, restaurants, trade shows, and fishing tournaments, as well as in books, magazines, hotels, and clients’ homes.

“Karen’s paintings capture the intricacy of detail of scientific illustration in a manner that is both aesthetically pleasing and instructive. It’s not surprising you are just as likely to find her work in educational texts as in the homes of accomplished fly fishermen,” wrote a recent reviewer after attending an opening featuring Talbot’s paintings of trout.

Talbot’s role as scientific illustrator in the BANGGAI RESCUE Project will be to execute a series of paintings of the Banggai Cardinalfish to help illustrate the book. Her fine art prints, her framed, limited edition giclee prints, and all of the original paintings for the book will be used as rewards for backers of the project.