Meet Karen Dimaio
Originally from Baltimore County, where she earned a B.S. in Finance from Towson University, Karen Dimaio moved to Maryland’s Eastern Shore 24 years ago to enjoy a slower pace of life including her love of animals, music and reading. While homeschooling her son, Karen enjoyed the research, assembly and interaction of teaching every subject necessary to prepare her student for a college education. The library, and resources provided, became a familiar source of pleasure as well as knowledge. Karen loved books of all kinds, including children’s books, living history books, and how to books. She would visit used book stores, yard sales and library book sales often.
The Ocean Pines Library sale of 2013 would change her life in a way that nobody could have forecast. With her son, now in college, Karen thought she might find a book that was fun to read but maybe teach her something fun to do. She happened upon "Drawing Birds in Colored Pencil" by Kaaren Poole for $1.50 that had a beautiful paperback cover with colorful bird drawings. She recalled having a nice set of colored pencils left over from homeschooling and thought "Why not give it a try?" The book provided instruction and step-by step technique to a final result that actually looked like the original. Karen would quickly draw almost every bird in the book and received encouragement from everyone from family to Facebook friends.
Her passion for her Pembroke Welsh Corgis soon provided additional subject to challenge her increasing talent. A combination of interests that were her love of dogs and her talent to capture them in her drawings resulted in a service to others by drawing commissioned portraits of show dogs and favorite pets. Karen enjoyed a recent display of her drawing collection at the Ocean Pines Library. She also was honored to be able to recently display a drawing of a Bald Eagle in the Worcester County Arts juried show "Freedom" in Berlin, where she received honorable mention.
"I am excited to be a Worcester County Arts CO-OP Member and can’t imagine my life without drawing now. I have so much to learn and look forward to each new discovery."