Hi, I’m Karlee. I’m a connector, writer, and artist based in Portland, Oregon and often lost in the woods.

I am playfully exploring the tension between traditional and modern styles of human connection in a culture that is being simultaneously united and isolated by technology. 

 My mission is to influence communities toward connection where there is disconnection, which happens when we approach each other with genuine respect and curiosity. I often create during real life experiences with people and places.

I studied journalism at the University of Oregon and have built my career around communication strategies for individuals and organizations. I'm intrigued by the possibilities of mass communication and convinced that nothing tops moments of spontaneous connection with the people standing right next to us.

I was born in Arizona at the end of monsoon season. Since moving to Oregon as a kid, I've experienced most of my life alongside the seasons of the Pacific Northwest. I love to run, even in the rain. Talk to me about music or psychology and we'll likely never stop.

 
 
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Current Project: Bad Portraits

Most of the work that I do is about connection and storytelling. I like to draw people during moments of conversation and experience, which is the basis of Bad Portraits, the series that has become a favorite practice.