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Driftwood Diva
About The Artist
Artist Karen Donlon Letonoff of Milton, DE has been making art ever since she was a young child. Drawing, painting, sculpture, and driftwood assemblage are some of the creative venues which Karen explores.

Karen holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia. After completing a postgraduate year of study in sculpture, she joined the staff of the Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture where she taught in the Metal Chasing and Patina Departments. As the Assistant to the Director of Production, Karen coordinated all aspects of the bronze casting process exclusively for artist, J. Seward Johnson, Jr.

After relocated to the Rehoboth Beach area in 1995, Karen was co-owner of an art gallery in which she designed and created custom forged steel furniture, cast bronze art and home accessories. She worked as the Gallery Associate for the Rehoboth Art League; has taught art classes for adults and children; has created community murals; and creates murals and decorative painting in homes and businesses throughout the area. Her artwork has been on display in numerous shows and galleries throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and is part of many private collections.

Returning to teaching in 2003, Karen has shared her love of learning and her creative talents at several Sussex County locations including: Rehoboth Cooperative Preschool, Kids Cottage, Three Seasons Campground, MonArt in Ocean Pines, Md., The Rehoboth Art League, and as the art teacher and summer camp director at The Jefferson School in Georgetown, where she has been on staff from 2008 to 2015. 

After earning a Masters of Education degree from Wilmington University in the Spring of 2015, Karen is certified as an Elementary (K-6), Art (K-12), Exceptional Children/Special Education (K-12), and Family and Consumer Science (6-12) teacher. She started her public school teaching career at Seaford Middle School as the Family and Consumer Science teacher, establishing the curriculum for the return of this important subject at the middle school level. Karen's true passion for teaching art brought her to Providence Creek Academy Charter School in Clayton, where she taught students in kindergarten through grade 8. Currently, Karen is the art teacher at Millsboro Middle School and works part-time as an art instructor at Painting With A Twist in Lewes, DE.

Karen has a passion for sharing her creative energy with her students and truly believes that everyone has artistic talent and can express themselves in a visual way, when they are taught how to do so.

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist
 once we grow up.
Pablo Picasso
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