Gudeon Family Press came to be in 1998 when Karla left a teaching career to pursue her art full-time. She was determined to be an example for her young children when telling them they should grow up to pursue their passions.
Upon buying a printing press, Karla 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. Karla’s current body of work is influenced by illuminated manuscripts and folk art, and thematically portrays the most meaningful elements of her life: family, culture, strong women, an open-minded world view, and the natural world. Karla chose the name Gudeon Family Press for her collection as a tribute to her parents, grandparents, siblings, step-siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins who demonstrate how life can be lived as an artistic extravaganza.
Karla’s 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.