The ERCPA Gallery is excited to exhibit the local art of award-winning artist Karla Breeding Trammell from January thru April 2018 showcasing her paintings and drawings in graphite, charcoal, pen and ink, watercolor, oil and acrylic, specializing in nature, wildlife, portraits, landscapes and architectural renderings.
ARTIST STATEMENT | Born and raised in the Eastern Arkansas Delta and inspired by her piano teacher, award-winning artist Karla Breeding Trammell taught herself how to paint and draw because her school had no art program. Winning a state bird drawing contest when she was in 6th grade, she received honorable mention in the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s state trout stamp contest when she was in high school. Her first formal training was a correspondence course from Art Instruction Schools, Inc. and she later earned her BFA degree in painting from the University of Arkansas as a non-traditional student before moving to Springfield in 1994.
Karla has had several one-woman shows with her two-dimensional art and has won national recognition for her work, having illustrated several regional and national publications and designed a set of figurines for singer and actress Della Reese. She participated in the Tenth Annual Women’s National Juried Art Exhibition in 1992 and placed second in an art contest sponsored by Business and Professional Women USA. She has won best of show and placed in top categories of various local and regional competitions. She was honored to have her work chosen for Watercolor USA at the Springfield Art Museum in 2012, 2013 and 2016, winning a jurors cash award in 2012 and a merchandise award in 2013. Her painting, “Aspen III” from the 2012 show is now in the permanent collection of the Ella Carothers Dunnegan Gallery of Art in Bolivar, MO. In 2012, her work was included in MOAK at the Springfield Art Museum and had been included in Watercolor NOW! 2014 as a member of the Watercolor USA Honor Society at the Mabee Gallery of Culver-Stockton College in Canton, MO and Watercolor NOW! 2016 at the Springfield Art Museum. She currently serves as Secretary of the Watercolor USA Honor Society.
Jewelry became one of Karla’s passions in 3000 when she branched out in a three-dimensional direction working with scrimshaw, semiprecious stones and freshwater pearls. She enjoys painting and drawing in graphite, charcoal, pen and ink, watercolor, oil and acrylic, specializing in nature, wildlife, portraits, landscapes and architectural renderings. Karla is also an accomplished writer published in local and national publications.
Karla was one of the founding members of Fresh Gallery in Springfield where she continues to show her two-dimensional work and jewelry. She has taught classes at Ozarks Technical Community College and in private settings.