Artist Karla Bartholomew

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Karla Bartholomew’s love of painting, and landscape painting in particular was born out her years of experience as an antique dealer. Specializing in the furniture and fixtures of the Arts and Craft Movement, many beautiful objects passed through her antique business including artwork in the style which was to become very familiar — California Impressionism. This influence is evident in her landscape oil painting.  
Her interest in the California Missions started during the excitement of a fourth grader field trip to the San Gabriel Mission.  And at the age of ten, Karla was surprised by a train ride and trip to see the "swallows coming back from Capistrano" from her beloved maternal grandmother.   Her love of the history and architecture of the California missions remains as she continually paints on location at various missions. 
Born and raised in L.A, Karla Bartholomew is a graduate of California State University,  Chico. She has pursued her art training by studying with painters: Michael Dancer; Alfred Tse, Jennifer McChristian, Jove Wang, Huilan Liu,  and Bill Perkins. She is a juried member of Oil Painters of America, Laguna Plein Air Association, California Art Club and holds the office of 2nd VP for Angeles Crest Artist's Guild.
Her work hangs in many collections in Southern California. She was the recipient of a first place award for her painting at the Figurative Category, and third place for landscape at the San Gabriel Fine Arts Association, San Gabriel Mission.
Her Mission works hangs in a permanent collection in the Holy Cross Providence Hospital.
Galleries where she has shown:
Segil Fine Art, Monrovia
La Gitana Gallery, San Fernando
Addison Gallery, Cape Cod
Blinn House, Pasadena
Sierra Madre Creative Arts Center

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