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Karen Vaughan

Illustration and Design

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“I couldn’t believe how quickly and elegantly Karen captured the essence of my stories and was able to translate my fuzzy ideas for what I wanted the cover to look like into a beautiful piece of art work which ensure that both my books now stand out on a bookshelf. She was an absolute delight to work with.”

—Jan Carson, author of Malcolm Orange Disappears and Children’s Children

“Karen Vaughan designed my covers and illustrated my book Will You Be My Friend? for Liberties Press. I loved her work. She was a pleasure to work with. She has an eye for text and brings the writers’ words to life. I cannot recommend her highly enough.”

—Gabriel Fitzmaurice, author of The Lonesome Road and Will You Be My Friend?

“The quality of Karen Vaughan’s work speaks for itself. One of her most noticeable strengths is an incredible versatility of range – she can convey sinister darkness with the same panache and ease she conveys whimsy. This adaptability also extends to technique. Her work is as likely to be starkly minimalist as it is ornately detailed. Whatever the style or emotion expressed, her work is always executed with clarity, diligence, and real flair.”

—Frankie Gaffney, author of Dublin Seven

“There is no doubt in my mind that part of the success of Buried Treasure – Overlooked, Forgotten, & Uncrowned Albums was because of the excellent work that Karen Vaughan did for the book’s cover. It perfectly encapsulated the spirit of the book, and really stood out on the shelf.”

—Dan Hegarty, author of Buried Treasure: Overlooked, Forgotten, & Uncrowned Albums

“Karen is a brilliant, masterful designer and illustrator. Her talent for translating written material into bold, striking, clear, accessible imagery is simply extraordinary. She has had an intensely creative impact on my own work right where it matters so much – at the very front of the books, both fiction and nonfiction. A professional, thoughtful artist, I look forward to working with her again.”

—Jason Johnson, author of Sinker and Aloysius Tempo




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