Karen and Ace

My art and horses are the only beats I hear. My inspiration comes from my love of nature and my enduring passion for my horses. Having a life that’s immersed in outdoor activities, it’s sometimes difficult to take the time to actually paint. In the summer I love moving my studio outside, as I hate to miss the activity around our country home. My camera is my constant companion, many of my paintings have resulted from riding one of my horses or just taking pictures as I walk our property. I’m always up for a challenge in my work and have recently started painting portraits.


Karen Bockus was born in Toronto Ontario, where she studied and worked in the commercial art field. She decided to change directions and completed a diploma in Agriculture at the University of Guelph. In 1975 she started her career with the Canada Border Services Agency where she worked in both Manitoba and Ontario and retired from in 2006.

During the 1990’s she became involved with the conservation organization Ducks Unlimited Canada where her limited edition print “Tough Retrieve” was sold successfully across Canada at their fundraising dinners.

For personal reasons Karen put down her paintbrush for over a dozen years. While attending the Police Equestrian Championship Competition at the Kentucky Horse Park, Karen saw the American Academy Equine Art Show and was inspired to start painting again. With the support of her husband Ron, and friends to get back to work she chose a medium and subject that she had never explored, graphite and horses.

Karen and her husband Ron currently reside on a small hobby farm in the heart of the Thousand Islands Ontario with their two Quarter horses and two cats. Animals are a never-ending source of inspiration and amusement, her goal is to draw and paint as many of these activities as she can in her retirement years.


Karen Bockus

Three Horse Art  Studio

859 County Road #2
Lansdowne Ontario, Canada
K0E 1L0