ABOUT KAREN LEFFEL Karen Leffel-Massengill knew at a very early age she wanted to be an artist. Pencils and crayons were constant companions as her family moved around the world, drawing inspiration from France, Germany, Thailand and Turkey. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida State University. She also earned a nursing degree, working in hospitals to help support her family until her husband's death. Painting became her primary distraction from the loss and her childhood dream of being an artist reasserted itself. Leffel-Massengill has enjoyed immense success on the art show circuit, showing at Coconut Grove Arts Festival, Ann Arbor State Street Art Fair, Winter Park Sidewalk Festival and Artigras, winning numerous awards and selected five times as show poster artist. She has achieved signature status with both the Florida Watercolor Society and the Society of Animal Artists, and holds workshops country-wide and private lessons in her Palm City (FL) studio.