Karen Kratz-Miller is the founder and artist/owner of BROAD SPECTRUM, operating in the Cincinnati, OH area since 1993. She has been involved with creative arts ever since her artist mother handed her the crayons and pointed her towards the wall. She has attended the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design, as well as numerous workshops on faux finishing, graphic design, tromp l’oeil and color theory. Product line training includes classes with Faux Effects, Proceed/Golden, Modern Masters and others.
Prior to Karen’s involvement with faux finishing, she was a nationally award winning and published fiber artist. Her love of textiles as well, as her graphic and fine arts studies at RISD are influences in Karen’s faux finish and mural designs. Additionally, Karen’s understanding of color theory and knowledge of product characteristics and interactivity, contributes extensively to her ability to create unique decorative finishes and to improvise with confidence.
Karen actively works in the field, allowing her to bring design saleability, product usage and “real life” execution information to the classroom. Her talent has been acknowledged in the form of numerous awards for Cincinnati's and Dayton’s Homearamas, Northern Kentucky’s Homefest and Cincinnati and Dayton Designer Show houses. She is a member of IDAL and the Ohio Valley/Northern Kentucky Decorative Artisans Guild.