Karin Marina Mayer was born in Salzburg, Austria.
Educated as a live theater actress she worked in various Austrian theaters as actress, director's assistant and costume designer. She also taught live theater acting.
After moving to Linz in Upper Austria, Karin worked in an advertising agency and as a model to finance her art studies at the University for Art and Design, Masterclass for Visual Arts, where she earned her Masters degree.
While working on her thesis, a site specific art project near Giant Rock in Landers, California, she met her husband and also fell in love with the desert and decided to take up residence in Joshua Tree, California. She continued a distance education of Journalism at the University of Salzburg, Austria.
Currently Karin is exploring wearable art ("re-in-clothation": sewing as painting - sewpainting - with colorful threads on altered pre-owned designer clothing) and contemporary reverse glass paintings depicting desert people, images and myths. She exhibits her work in California and Europe and sells her work through the Internet.