Karla Chartres is an abstract artist born and raised in Wagga Wagga, where she later studied at the local University. As a young child, Karla used to frequent the local art gallery, often being absorbed by the large scale Indigenous paintings. It was in Melbourne where Karla lived for 6 years, that she began to paint creating pieces for her and her families homes. But it was the relocation to the Hinterland of Byron Bay in 2011 that Karla’s career began to gain attention.
Colour is a major player for Karla and it is this point in her process where the conversation between canvas and artist is obvious. Karla’s intention for the audience is to “hear” how the canvas was created and she has become braver over the years of her practice in exposing all the layers that her works entail. The ideal outcome is that the viewer feels they can immerse themselves into the canvas, exploring it and swimming through each detail.
Inspiration is drawn from the diversity and beauty of the surrounding landscapes; and the shapes , forms and lines contained within the flora. Lush rainforests, crystal filled creeks and muddy river banks are within a short driving distance from the rich culture within the town of Mullumbimby, where Karla’s artist studio is located. Here you will find her walls adorned with multiple canvases on the go, building new pieces for her latest collection.