Karyn Yandow was born in the Bronx, New York. She graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1979 with a BFA in Printmaking. She is a self taught photographer.

Karyn has been photographing private and public gardens and the landscape of San Francisco and the Bay Area for over twenty-five years. Plants and trees reflect the magnificence and vulnerability of all living things. She looks for a beauty that elevates the imagery into a realm of abstraction while remaining representational. Karyn continues to seek out sensuous and ephemeral botanical imagery that is metaphorical for the transcendent and intimate moments in our lives.

Karyn Yandow has exhibited her photography in San Francisco and the Bay Area at venues such as Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Berkeley Art Center, Gray Loft Gallery, Piedmont Art Center, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Bolinas Museum, Gallery Route One, ProArts, Sanchez Art Center and The Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, CA.

She was a Co-Founder and Visual Arts curator at A.R.E. Inc. in San Francisco and served on the Board of Directors and Curatorial Committee at New Langton Arts in San Francisco . Karyn also served on the Board of Directors of Green Art Workshop a program that brings teaching artists into Bay Area classrooms and after school programs. She currently is on their advisory board.

Karyn Yandow provides art consulting services to private collectors and the SF Interior Design industry. She is also an independent art curator.