About Karla Martinson


I live in Pablo, Montana at the foot of the beautiful Mission Mountains. The Mission Valley has been my home for 44 years. Art, music, and volunteer work have been the center of my life. I have had a fascinating life. My father worked for Fish and Wildlife Services. He was an outdoor enthusiast, dragging a happily willing wife and four children into the wilderness. We stayed in a twenty-foot Army Green, hand-sewn tee-pee for at least three to four weeks. It was magic for a child. We were all equipped with longbows made by my dad and arrows we had made during the long Montana winters. Stumps were not safe when the Kramer family was around. Later in my teens, my father and brother started building beautiful longbows for Howard Hill and shipped them all over the world. As that business grew, they started practicing and shooting cans and clay pigeons from the air with their longbows and rubber blunts. They were really good at it. My brother shot aspirin and quarters out of the air. We traveled for about two years doing exhibitions, then, we all as a family helped build bows at home. Papa was always creating and making things from the earth— we would love to browse the ocean spray or chokecherry bushes for potential arrow shafts. My Momma was a writer and a contributing editor for the Longbow Magazine. She chronicled all the crazy stories and trips our family made. Many times we sat around our cook stove in the tee-pee retelling all our stories to the folks and ranchers that came to visit our strange and wonderful camp. The most exciting life for a child! That is how this girl started her creative journey.

One of the joys of life has been working with kids and adults in plays, painting sets and teaching guitar at three different schools. I am a member of the Sandpiper Art Gallery in Polson, the friendship and community of fellow artists has been such a positive influence on my business. Festivals are great, you get to meet so many folks from all over the United States. Exploring technology is also one of my loves— I produced my own children’s musical art video. This can be found on my YouTube channel (which is linked below).

My latest media in art is creating 3-D pieces, with clay, wood, and metal. I have made pieces out of clockwork parts and burnt vegetable cans.

My first book was painted on 36 panels then scanned into digital files. It was a long and tedious process to prepare a master copy for printing— the last book took me a month to prepare for printing. The books are full of beautiful, high-quality art about Montana wildlife and are written in a fun, lyrical form that flows like a song.

My vision is to bring to children quality art that depicts Montana wildlife in all their beauty woven around silly stories that delight both adult and child.
One of the joys of life has been working with kids and adults in plays, painting sets and teaching guitar at three different schools. I am a member of the Sandpiper Art Gallery in Polson, the friendship and community of fellow artists has been such a positive influence on my business. Festivals are great, you get to meet so many folks from all over the United States. Exploring technology is also one of my loves— I produced my own children’s musical art video. This can be found on my YouTube channel (which is linked below).

My latest media in art is creating 3-D pieces, with clay, wood, and metal. I have made pieces out of clock work parts and burnt vegetable cans.

My first book was painted on 36 panels then scanned into digital files. It was a long and tedious process to prepare a master copy for printing— the last book took me a month to prepare for printing. The books are full of beautiful, high quality art about Montana wildlife and are written in a fun, lyrical form that flows like a song.

My vision is to bring to children quality art that depicts Montana wildlife in all their beauty woven around silly stories that delight both adult and child.