Innately connected to the soul of the region, graphic designer Karen Schmidt has worked in the Bozeman, Montana, area for 28 years. With a bachelor's degree from Montana State University, her client base has ranged from The National Endowment for the Arts, Western Folklife Center, H.S. Trask & Co., Museum of the Rockies, Greater Yellowstone Coalition to Big Sky Resort and Bridger Bowl ski areas.
She has been designing for JD Publishing since 2003. The first five years as Big Sky Journal's art director and the past seven years as the art director for Western Art & Architecture. She was responsible for WA&A's initial design concept from the masthead to the overall layout. WA&A has been nominated for three awards with the Western Publishing Association — Best New Publication, Best Quarterly-Consumer and Best Overall Design, Consumer.
Her passions are color, hiking, skiing, boating, her husband Rich and their 110 pound German Shepard Maneau.