Karen Patkau was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her mother wrote a telling note on a photo of her at 10 months old, – “Here is Karen looking at a book. She enjoys books, especially those with animals in them.” Karen started drawing at the age of three. She became interested in visual storytelling while completing a Master of Visual Arts degree at the University of Alberta. Karen has enjoyed illustrating picture books for many years. She also loves writing about animals and nature.