Karen Bright is a Professor in the Department of Art and Design at Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey. With a background in drawing, printmaking and graphic design, her current fine art work is focused on paintings rendered with encaustic medium, dry pigment, japan paper, graphite, and other found organic elements. Working mostly in the abstract, a consistent theme is to create work which comments on the fragile structure of our world. Depending on the piece, this focus can originate from the natural environment or be derived out of the larger human experience.