Oroville native Karla Mann, OHS class of 1963, has established herself in the top tier of wildlife artists and her work is stunning, beautiful, and so wonderfully natural. Karla’s passion for wildlife goes beyond art – she supports through her art the conservation of wildlife and habitat. Visit Karla’s galleries to see the natural world through her soul, and take a little pride in the success and talent of the people of Oroville.
Karla 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 TCC in 1994, she continued her education at Old Dominion University. She graduated Suma Cum Laude 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 currently teaches at the Contemporary Arts Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
The medium of choice for Karla is oil, but also works in colored pencil and graphite.
Karla has won numerous scholarships and national/international awards for her work. She has been published in the“Best of Colored Pencil, Vol. 5″ , the Daniel Smith Catalog, Art Wanted.com’s “Creative Minds” , and North Light Books “Strokes of Genius, Vol. 6”. Her commissioned and sold works are in collections from Italy to the USA.
Conservation of Wildlife
I feel it is important to find ways to preserve our wildlife for future generations. Many species on our planet struggle for survival because of habitat loss and poaching.
One of these is the snow leopard. It is hunted for its beautiful coat and without our help may become extinct in the wild. I support Snow Leopard Trust with a monthly donation, and for any painting of the snow leopard I sell, 10% of the sale price will go to Snow Leopard Trust.