Karla started her art career in 1995 under the guidance of Catherine van Schalkwyk in Nelspruit Mpumalanga. She expanded on her techniques in London where she attended a water colour course in 1996 as well as an art course in the south of France.
In 2006 she completed drawing and painting modules at the University of South Africa (Unisa).
She uses pen and ink and a mixed media approach in most of her art works.
Today she is exhibiting in galleries throughout South Africa. Her work has been sent to Germany, Sweden and Brazil. In July 2008 she exhibited her art at the Augustusburg Castle in Germany.
Karla is a gifted pianist and music is a strong theme in many of her paintings. She is also a trained Occupational Therapist and has used music in her therapy throughout her professional career.