Tree Of Life

Engraving/Original Watercolor

Jute Handmade Paper

The Tree of Life is my favorite image and signature painting. It’s a positive universal symbol conveying the mystical concept of the connectivity between all forms of creation, a very appropriate message for these times. We are really all in this together. In Judaism, there’s a saying from Proverbs: It is a tree of life to those who hold it fast,and all who cling to it find happiness.Its ways are ways of pleasantness,And all its paths are peace.

In Judaism, the Tree of Life stands as a metaphor for the Torah. When I design a Tree of Life, there’s another metaphor I’m thinking about, and that’s the metaphor for the arc of our lives. Starting at the bottom with the roots, our ancestry and where we come from, then branching out and following our dreams and reaching for the stars. In my mind the birds are anthropomorphized into friends and family, people I love. You can imagine who each bird represents in your life. Pomegranates  are said to have 613 seeds that represent the commandments or good deeds we perform in our lives.

Specific to my “Tree of Life” is the twisty trunk. I do this to illustrate life’s many twists and turns, which ultimately shape who each of us are.

*Original Art Tree of Life is also available in other sizes in The Classics, The Vintage, & The Premier Collections*


6" x 6" Framed

8" x 8" Signature Framed

Tree of Life is 6" x 6" in a custom wood moulding picture frame with a charming vintage-inspired hook ready for hanging. (We even include the matching nail!) Each original miniature watercolor is lovingly painted over a hand-pulled engraving created on an old-school printing press. By painting each piece individually on handmade paper, they become one-of-a-kind treasures.

The cleverly named pieces in "The Little Ones" collection showcase Karla's unique turn of a phrase. Using seamless and fun combinations of text and imagery, these Little Ones are sure to garner a "big" emotional response from all.

Show off your artistic eye by choosing from Karla's "Little Ones" paintings; perfect to treat yourself, or as a gift for a special person! Each painting packs enough punch to stand alone but also plays well with others. Invite others to the party by grouping them in pairs or trios to see how your love for these "Little Ones" will know no bounds!


Short personalized inscriptions are also available. They are placed to the left of the signature in pencil.
Short and sweet works best. ie: "To K, Love M" or "9-12-17"