horse paintings by artist Karen Baker Thumm

Equestrian Artist, Karen Baker Thumm, AAEA Associate

artist Karen Baker Thumm

Karen Baker Thumm is an associate member of the prestigious American Academy of Equine Art. She is also a Signature member of International Equine Artists.

A native of Michigan, she has been drawing and painting horses since early childhood. Her formal art education includes studies in graphic design, illustration and the Fine Arts and has been supplemented by self study and attendance at art workshops. She has been a working professional artist since 1984.

Karen works in several media, but her primary medium is oils. Her style is mostly based on traditional realism in which she strives to create a moving work of art; not just a reproduction of a photograph.

Karen is an internationally collected artist and well respected within the equine art community. After a successful career as a pet portrait artist, Karen is now concentrating on equestrian, animal and landscape art for exhibition and gallery venues. She is particularly interested in portraying sport horses, farm animals and Michigan wildlife and landscapes.

An award winning equestrian artist, her work has been accepted into several national juried exhibitions, including the American Academy of Equine Art Fall Showcase. Her artwork has appeared in Equus, Equine Images, Horses In Art, Polo Players Edition, Art Business News, Sidelines and Paint Horse Journal. Book publications include cover art and illustrations for "The Michigan Riding and Hiking Trail" and contributing art for "Colors; The Horse Coloring Book" She is also a member of Parkside Arts Counci, Jordan River Arts Council and Art Center Traverse City.

A long time horse owner, she regularly attends horse events in Michigan and beyond.She enjoys trail riding in the northern Michigan woods on her beloved horse, Scottie.


Adams Madams, Central Lake, Michigan


2013; American Academy of Equine Art Spring Invitational, Marietta, GA

2011; The Horse In Art Invitational Exhibition, Beaver Dam, WI

2011; Dog and Pony Show, Jordan River Arts Council, East Jordan, MI

2008; All Media Juried Exhibition, ArtCenter Traverse City, MI

2007; Jordan River Arts Council Annual Member Exhibition, East Jordan, Michigan

2005; Art At The Classic, Draft Horse Classic, Grass Valley, California - Third Place, Drawing

2005; Harness Tracks of America annual exhibition and auction

2005; ArtCenter Traverse City annual all-media juried exhibition

2004; American Academy of Equine Art, Fall Open Juried Exhibition

2004; NJEAA open juried exhibition


Karen Baker Thumm, 6895 Crystal Springs Rd., Bellaire, MI 49615

Phone; (231) 377-7232 or email artist

The artist and her horse, Scottie

the artist and her horse



These horse paintings have been registered with the Copyright Office and may not be reproduced, copied, displayed or otherwise appropriated without the consent of the artist.