Karen Nielsen-Fried was born in Binghamton, NY. She is a graduate of Pratt Institute (Master of Professional Studies in Art Therapy), and of Binghamton University in Binghamton, NY(BFA). She did postgraduate work at The Institute for Expressive Analysis (NY, NY) and at the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis (NY, NY).
Her training in art therapy and in expressive analysis are the underpinnings of her exploration of ephemeral states of emotion, observed and realized through painting. The desire to apprehend the inchoate, to synthesize thought and feeling into a language of abstraction, and to make a record of process are what drive her work. Her work is held in numerous private collections both nationally and internationally. She lives and works in Montclair, NJ.