Karla Roberson Man
University of Texas at Austin
Studio Art 1984
Man’s first commissions in 1985 consisted of
Architectural Renderings of Austin homes. After a move to Houston in 1989, Man
worked as a General Illustrator for Baylor College of Medicine. With a goal of
establishing her personal client base, Man simultaneously pursued free-lance work
with individuals and Real Estate Companies.
She eventually was contracted by
Martha Turner Properties Real Estate agents to render Illustrations of
properties under construction. Also at this time, Man began building her client
base for mural and decorative work for interiors. Soon, the free-lance work
Beginning in 1990, Man partnered with
potter, Jane Rucker, to produce pottery for a chain of Delis based in Houston.
Alonti Delis had restaurants in Houston, Dallas and Chicago.
In 1993 Man moved to Amarillo, Texas where
she married James H. Man of LeMan’s Toy Soldier Manufacturing. Sysco
Foods contracted Man to complete 350 pieces for their corporate gifts.
In 1994, while executing commission work
in Amarillo, Karla’s Italian villa and garden paintings were critiqued by Lowry
Simms, curator of 20th Century Art for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ms.
Simms’ positive review established Man’s work as being unique in her ability to
paint with the color green in many various shades; a technique artist’s often
insecurely steer away from. Her oil on canvas work became her major focus.
1993-1997, Man was hired to design and
execute Stage productions for Amarillo Little Theatre. Guys and Dolls, Peter
Pan, Once on This Island, Santa, This is your Life, and Beehive. Man was
also hired by Oprah Winfrey of Harpo Studios, to paint the sets for her
television show while in Amarillo for her controversial lawsuit with the beef
2001-Present, Man creates oil on canvas
works reflecting her travels to Italy and the Texas Hill Country. She is
contracted to execute renderings and paintings for private clients and for
She and her husband Jim live in Dallas, Texas.
Highlighted Galleries and events:
One-woman show at Studio S-Arte
Contemporanea, Rome, Italy
Featured guest Artist with Ferrari-Carrano
Winery-Taste of Spring, Healdsburg, CA Whistle Pik Christmas Show,
Artisans at Rocky Hill, Fredericksburg, TX
4 New Artists Exhibition, Cudahy’s Original
Art & Fine Crafts, Richmond, VA
Commissioned oil paintings and renderings have been
executed for numerous clients in Texas, New York,
Connecticut, Michigan, Georgia, Oklahoma and