Karina Pienaar lives on the Tubungu Estate, near Matsapha in the small African country of Eswatini (Swaziland). The artist describes herself in her words as:
“Art has been my hobby since student days. I studied Diagnostic Radiography at Karl Bremer hospital in Bellville Cape Province. After qualifying in 1970 I have worked at various hospitals and private practices. Always painting during leisure times. I have no formal art training. Art is my passion. Since retirement in 2015 I have been painting full time. My preferred medium is oils. I work with Winsor and Newton paints as well as the German product Lukas. Freestyle impressionism suits my style best as I don't draw a scene beforehand. I only sketch the outlines during portraits”.