Karlene Harvey is an illustrator, artist, & writer who lives in Vancouver, BC. She is passionate about arts-based publishing, which originally began with a love for graphic novels and zines. She graduated from Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design in 2007 with a degree in visual arts.
She is from the Tsilhqot’in, Carrier and Okanagan nations and grew up in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.
Professionally, she enjoys working at the community level and has worked for numerous arts- and health-based organizations. She continuously works at creating spaces that are engaging and inclusive; as well as developing leadership skills and facilitating leadership capacity, in group- and team-based situations.
Karlene was an avid roller derby player, skating for the Terminal City Rollergirls All-Stars travel team from 2012-2016. This team competed internationally, attending tournaments outside of the country and ranking 18th in the World upon her final year of skating. In 2014, Karlene was selected to play for Team Canada, competing at the World Cup in Dallas, Texas. In 2017, she was selected to play for Team Canada once again, following a year hiatus due to injury. She has since declined this opportunity to focus more directly upon her career and other artistic endeavors.
From 2012-2015, Karlene worked as the Communications Director at grunt gallery, an Artist-Run Centre in Vancouver, BC. In 2016, Karlene has returned to grunt gallery as a member of their Board of Directors. She currently works at the University of British Columbia as an Arts Academic Advisor for Aboriginal students.