Karla's studio is in Mount Vernon Washington where she lives with the love of her life John, in the beautiful Skagit Valley. " I have been abundantly blessed with a very happy family, and wonderful friends and colleagues who inspire and encourage me.
I get to enjoy doing what I love, with the people I adore, in one of the most gorgeous places on earth. What a life!"
A native of the Northwest, Karla grew up on her families cattle ranch in Idaho. She began painting in oils at age twelve, and had her first group show at age fourteen. She attended the University of Idaho, where she studied painting, art history, and art conservation. At age twenty one, she moved to the Seattle area and fell in love with the natural beauty and outdoor lifestyle of the area.
The amazing diversity in our Northwest landscapes, mountains, waters and ever changing light, give Karla constant inspiration for new work. Painting a misty flat near Cannon Beach, or capturing the detail of a scruffy pine near deception pass are exciting challenges. "Nature is infinitely varied, changing, and irregular in an ever so perfect way. I am constantly working toward capturing the highlights and details that surround us and make our lives so lovely." Karla has recently begun incorporating heavily textured finishes in her frameless gallery board paintings. " I am most fulfilled when able to represent a little of God's glorious work by transferring some aspect of his design onto one of my canvases."
"I just love working with color and texture. Having a canvas in front of me and a pallet loaded with fresh paint makes my day!"