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About MeI am an illustrator and visual artist based in Victoria, BC. with broad experience teaching art. Currently, I am teaching at ECUAD and University of Victoria. + read more And I have done lots of workshops for children.

As a freelance illustrator, I have worked on children’s picture books, juvenile fiction, YA fiction and non-fiction, poetry, video-poetry as well as educational books. As a contemporary artist, I have exhibited nationally and internationally.

I began a relationship with publisher Planète rebelle when I illustrated "Ti-Pinge” by author Joujou Turenne. Since then we have completed 2 other books together.

Most recently, I completed a picture book for Portage & Main Press, "NiMoshom and his Bus" by Penny M. Thomas which is based on her grandfather's life, a school bus driver. He made the school bus ride enjoyable for his charges through story-telling. Also, the book teaches a selection of Cree words and expressions.

Happily, I collaborated with many illustrators on “To This Day”, a poem by Shane Koyczan, for Annick Press. Principally, it carries an anti-bullying message for young readers.

Some other illustrating projects for children and teenagers respectively are ARC Poetry’s issue that featured poetry for children as well as activity books for the Musée d’Orsay, published by Les Éditions Mango.

I am available for art workshops and artist/illustrator talks. Please contact by email- hibbardkaren@gmail.com. Fees are in accordance with CWILL’s presentation fee guidelines.
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You May Know Me For:
    Literature Types
  • Picture Books
  • Primary Grade Nonfiction
  • Middle Grade Fiction
  • Middle Grade Nonfiction
  • YA Fiction
  • YA Nonfiction
  • Poetry
  • Educational & Information Books

Published Works'NiMoshom and his Bus" by Penny M. Thomas, Illustrated by Karen Hibbard, Portage & Main Press, 2017, Winnipeg, Manitoba. ISBN: 978-1-55379-708-1

‘To This Day’ by Poet Shane Kocyzan, Annick Press, 2014, Toronto, Canada 


Arc Poetry- Children’s Poetry Edition, (written for children), ISSN: 0705-6397, Issue #69 fall 2012, Ottawa, Canada

‘Ti-Pinge’ (4 colour reprint), Author Joujou Turenne, ISBN: 978-2-923735-41-2, Planète rebelle, Montréal, Canada 



‘Les Contes de Joujou’, Author Joujou Turenne, Les éditions Planète rebelle, 2010
 ISBN: 978-2-923735-12-2, Montréal, Canada 



‘Dada #131: Gustave Courbet’-ISSN: 1261-4858, Édition Mango, Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France 



‘Ti-Pinge’ (Bilingual Version), Author Joujou Turenne, Les Éditions Planète Rebelle, 2006 ISBN: 2-922528-64-2, Montréal, Canada 



’Dada #123: Maurice Denis’, Les Édition Mango, 2006 ISSN: 1261-4858, Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France

Speaking Information2016 UVIC Author’s Panel, “3 Poems by Eve Joseph” video-poem by Karen Hibbard/poetry by Eve Joseph, + Frances Backhouse, Troy Wilson, Rob Hancock, and Prof. + read more David Leach, UVIC.

2015 Belmont Secondary School, Lecture and PowerPoint Presentation about Art, Langford, BC

2012 Vancouver Children’s Roundtable, Oakridge Centre Auditorium, CWILL Luncheon featuring authors & illustrators presenting their work to attendees, October, Vancouver

2012 ‘Writing and Illustrating Kid’s Books: The Inside Story’, CWILL Panellist, Vancouver Public Library Central Library, Public Attendance, Vancouver

2011 ‘Illustration: Bringing your Art to Market’, PowerPoint presentation, MAWA Artist Boot camp, Presentation in conjunction with Presented in partnership with Arts and Cultural Industries Association of Manitoba (ACI), Winnipeg, MB

2011 ‘Illustrating Children’s Picture Books’, Henderson Public Library, Winnipeg
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    I Will Travel To:
  • Vancouver
  • Coast
  • Lower Mainland
  • Gulf and Vancouver Islands
  • Thompson Okanagan
  • Northern British Columbia
  • Cariboo Chilcotin Coast
  • Kootenay Rockies
  • The Territories
  • Canada - beyond BC
  • USA
  • International

    I Present to Age Groups:
  • Grades 4-6
  • Grades 7-8
  • High School
  • College / University / Adult

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Testimonials“My daughter worked very hard all night on her origami envelope and sound drawings, and is going to + read more give her finished piece to ‘someone she loves’.”
— Parent participant, ArtCity Artist Book Workshop Show Less
As for my experience: I transcribed different sentences and words for a 6 year old participant, we + read more then cut out the words and pasted them, as well as drawings into a book that she had painted and bound. When she was done she had a beautiful hand made book filled with a sort of absurd poetry she had created herself. It was really neat to see such a young participant who struggles with reading excited about her book, which she spent the rest of the workshop reading and talking about.
— Toby Gillies, Studio facilitator, ArtCity Artist Book Workshop Show Less
"It was really neat to see the kids drawing sounds. They started off drawing very figure based + read more things (ie: cat purring = picture of cat) and then slowly developed into drawing more abstract forms, ie: cat purring = fuzzy line that moves to the frequency of purr."
— Jessica, Studio facilitator, ArtCity Artist Book Workshop Show Less

Awards and Recognition:2015 Canada Council Travel Grant for Artist Residency in Portugal

Red Cedar Awards, + show more British Columbia’s Young Readers Choice, non-fiction juror, BC

2014 Won 2nd prize for video poem honouring poet Don McKay at Victoria Writers Festival, Victoria, BC

Beatty BioDiversity Museum, Backyard BioDiversity, CWILL Illustrator exhibition, Vancouver, BC

2013 Commission for BC Arts Council Arts Champion award ceremony, Bernice Heinzelman- Award Recipient, BC Arts Council, BC Arts Culture Week, Vancouver
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