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Karla Mann grew up in a small town in the state of Washington. Her passion for drawing started at a very early age. She continued as a self-taught artist until she entered Tidewater Community College in 1991, the same year her son entered College. After receiving an Associate of Fine Art with honors from Tidewater Community College in 1994, she continued her education at Old Dominion University. She graduated Suma Cum Laude from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Fine Art degree in 1997. Karla has taught at the Visual Arts Center of Tidewater Community College in Portsmouth, Virginia and is at present teaching at the Museum of Contemporary Arts Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Karla has won many national and international awards for her work. Her work has been published in “Stokes of Genius”, Volume 6, “Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, “Best of Colored Pencil,” Volume Five, The Artist’s Magazine,” “Southwest Art Magazine”, Art Wanted- “Creative Minds,” “Art Journey Animals: A Collection of Inspiring Contemporary Masterworks,” and the “Wyoming Wildlife Magazine.” Her commissioned and sold works are in collections from USA to Europe.
Becoming a wildlife artist began about 10 years ago and changed her outlook on nature as a whole. Karla's passion for detail fits the subject matter well. She photographs most of her own reference material, both the wildlife and the landscape settings. She does a lot of research before beginning a painting so she can represent the animal and environment with realistic accuracy.