Karla Gudeon left her teaching career in the late nineties to pursue her art fulltime. She was determined to fulfill the example she told the children she taught: they should grow up to pursue their passions.
Upon buying a printing press, Gudeon developed her distinctive approach to the age-old technique of hand-colored engraving, building upon the watercolor work she honed at Parsons School of Design. Her current body of work is influenced by illuminated manuscripts and folk art. They thematically portray the most meaningful elements of her life: family, culture, strong women, an open-minded world view, and the natural world.
Gudeon currently resides in New York with her husband and two amusing sons. Meanwhile, her celebrated paintings are displayed in galleries and distinguished collections throughout the country and abroad. Her images have been commissioned for book covers, calendars, greeting cards, and award-winning children's books.