Painter and photographer Karen J. Lloyd of Nature Heart Studio grew up inspired by the vibrant arts community in her hometown, Mystic, Connecticut. 

Amidst the challenges of chronic Lyme disease, Lloyd explains, “I continue to explore the realm of natural aesthetics, embracing whimsical beauty in art with the hope of evoking an emotional thread to our natural surroundings: the animals and landscapes increasingly overlooked in our fast-paced, human-oriented society.”