After a brief career in law, Karin completed a BA(FA) degree at Unisa and an MA(FA) at the University of the Witwatersrand. She worked as a full time lecturer in Art History at Unisa in the Department of Art History and Visual Arts. She is currently a full-time artist and works from her home in Melville, Johannesburg
Her work can broadly be described as a specific kind of photo-based painting in oil on canvas. She uses photographs as source material mainly because of the particular visual ambiguities and ambivalences that occur both in the process of photography and in its translation into paint. The relation between painting and photography is reconsidered, not in an attempt to set them against each other, but to explore the discrepancies that arise in the interplay of different surface qualities. Still life, similarly with photographs as source material, is an ongoing interest and has been the focus of a number of exhibitions.