Karen Katzhas always made art. Posters, quilts, costumes, prints, sculpture, painting, collage, book illustration and design. After graduating from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, she attended the Yale Graduate School of Art and Architecture where she became interested in folk art, Indian miniatures, Shaker art and Mexican art. She began doing folk sculpture and working with fabrics. Karen is influenced by Chagall and Matisse as well as folk art. Her book,Counting Kisses,was a Childrenís Book-of-the-Month Club Main Selection and an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio 2002 Gold Seal Award Winner. Karen, husband, Gary Richards, and their daughter, Lena, divide their time between New York City and Woodstock, New York.Katz, Karen is the author of 'Mommy Hugs ', published 2007 under ISBN 9781416941217 and ISBN 1416941215.