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About The Artist

Welcome to the Gallery of

Karla Roberson Man

About the Artist   

B.F. A Studio Art 

University of Texas – Austin, TX   

My career as an artist has afforded me the honor of working with many wonderful clients over the past 39 years. It is my passion to meet people, discuss what artwork they want in their homes, and create it while staying true to my style of painting. I express my love of architecture, gardens, Italy, and the Texas-American landscape through my art. It is my goal to inspire those who view and are drawn to my style of oil-on-linen or canvas painting, pen & ink drawings and murals.   

I’ve been blessed to live and gain clients across Texas, spanning from Amarillo, Houston, Fredericksburg, Austin, Dallas, and Lubbock. My primary focus has been oil-on-canvas or linen paintings of landscape and architecture, and home renderings of pen and ink, and pencil. I strive for each paint stroke to be made with the quality and intention of my clients passing down my piece of art to their children. I receive great joy when the finished product is handed over to the customer and it becomes a part of their history with their dream brought into reality.   


Another way I share my love of art is through murals. This began early in my career when I was hired to design and paint European-style images in Houston homes for 3-4 years. These custom murals were painted on ceilings, walls, front doors, and even garage doors! Doing so allowed me to grow my skill set as a painter as I learned to overcome the challenges of creating large works of art on a grand scale.   


After Houston, I moved back to my hometown of Amarillo, TX to marry my now husband of 30 years, James H. Man. From there, my next chapter began as I pushed myself past greater limits and further out of my comfort zone; stage sets. Here, the Director of “Amarillo Little Theatre,” Allen Shankles, took a chance on me to design and execute several stage sets for their upcoming season lineup. "Guys and Dolls", "Once on this Island", "Santa, This is Your Life", "Beehive", and assisted on "Phantom" and "Oliver".  Also, Harpo Productions needed painting on the stage sets for "Oprah" at the Amarillo Little Theatre while she lived in Amarillo for her months long trial facing the Cattle Feeders Association. (She won.)   

Thankfully, my experience of painting murals would pay off two-fold. By the end of the season, I’d received the "Magic Circle Award” for outstanding contribution to the artistry of the theatre, specifically in the areas of set design and scenic art.   

Through this period, it helped me create an even stronger work ethic making strict deadlines on larger mediums of work where detail was still a crucial foundation of my art. This would help me tremendously in the future when I traversed the road to Rome for my solo art show.   


During the year of the celebrated Jubilee 2000, I found myself in the bustling streets of Rome, Italy. Here, a one-woman show of my Italian Villas and Gardens was held at “Studio S-Arte D'Contemporenea.” My tour guide and marketing liaison, Marcella Grabou of Lucca, Italy, was instrumental in connecting me to the lovely gallery located by the Spanish Steps. From this trip alone I was able to not only network, but also further build an extensive photo-slide database of Italian villas and gardens. My trips to Italy played a monumental role not only fine-tuning my craft as a detailed oil-on-linen painter, but also in my spiritual journey with Christ. My appreciation for God's inspired beauty grew as I studied the created displays throughout Italy.

From Italy, I was blessed with the outcome of advertising in "Town and Country" magazine. This sparked one-on-one client consultations including a selection of sketches from which to choose your own image for me to design and paint. Vacation Portraits were born out of the mutual admiration of the beauty found throughout the history, architecture and landscape of Italy.     

Additional Exhibitions

Group Show: Hyde Park Bar and Grill, Austin, TX   ·   ArtFall, TexARTS: Capitol Lake Region, Austin, TX   ·   4 New Artists Exhibition: Cudahy’s Original Art & Fine Crafts - Richmond, VA   ·   Artisans at Rocky Hill, Fredericksburg, TX   ·   Art After Dark, Fredericksburg, TX   ·   Whistle Pik Christmas Show, Fredericksburg, TX   ·   The Houston Ballet – Nutcracker Market, Houston, TX   ·    Illustrators Art Show: Baylor College of Medicine - Houston, TX   ·   The Houston Board of Realtors, Houston, TX   ·   St. John the Divine Episcopal Church Art Show, Houston, TX   ·   The Little Brown House, Amarillo, TX  ·  Three Friends: The Coble Building - Amarillo, TX  ·  Taste of Spring: Ferrari-Carrano Winery, Sonoma County, Healdsburg, CA


My commission-based and print business continues to be a blessing in my life. It was with great joy that my family and I moved to Lubbock in the spring of 2022. We have family here in West TX., from Midland to Amarillo. Lubbock has proven to be a great lover of the Arts, in which I am excited to participate. The people are welcoming, friendly and remind me of my Panhandle upbringing.   

I look forward to contributing to the Arts and Culture, and to participating in upcoming local shows and festivals.

My art business has been designated as a "Trusted Art Seller" with The Art Storefronts Organization, which means you can shop with confidence, and know that I stand behind the quality and value of my products. 

Click on links to view my art gallery and shop Italian Villas and Gardens or American Landscapes and Gardens.


My inspiration has been developed through the years by sketching and adding to my slide reference library. 

It's fun to refer to numerous architecture and garden images from Texas and Italy. I have found a shared enthusiasm for Vacation Portraits! 

Most importantly, clients who share their inspiration with me in order to create a lasting image for their families through my consistant style of painting or drawing.


My painting techniques include sketching onsite, taking slides and bringing images to life on linen or cotton duck canvas with high-grade oils and mediums. For murals, I use water-based paints.

For illustrations of architecture, I take photographs of the home or buildings in their setting or the client provides them. It's fun to embellish the landscape when it is a work in progress.

Pen and ink or watercolor with gouche is the most popular medium.

Career Highlights

Commissions have come from travel enthusiasts in Conneticut, L.A., Sonoma County, California, Virginia, and more.

As far as exhibitions go, my one-woman gallery show in Rome, Italy takes the cake!

Also, working with Amarillo Little Theatre designing and executing several stage sets was fantastic!

A sweet highlight was an arranged by my husband, James Man, to have a critique by then curator on staff at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lowry Sims. I was encouraged by her enthusiasm for my career and for her insight regarding my prevalent use of the color green of which there are many shades and levels of difficulty.

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