Marsha Karle







Marsha Karle

Marsha Karle

Bozeman, MT


Marsha Karle
Artist and Illustrator
Bozeman, Montana 59715 USA

Growing up in a California ranching family, Marsha Karle developed a deep affection for the agricultural landscapes of the Central Valley and the spectacular wilderness settings of the nearby High Sierra, but she soon broadened her enthusiasm for beautiful places. In 1981, she began a career as a national park professional in Denali National Park, Alaska, and over the next 23 years her National Park Service work immersed her in some of North America's most spectacular and beloved places, including Yellowstone (three times), Washington D.C., Everglades, Mount Rushmore, and Pearl Harbor. Her final assignment was an 11-year stint as chief of public affairs in Yellowstone National Park, where wild nature was right at her doorstep.
It was in Yellowstone about 20 years ago that she began carrying a watercolor sketchbook while hiking, skiing, and wildlife-watching. As her passion for art grew, she became the park's representative at the annual Art for the Parks competition in Jackson, Wyoming. She also began a long and fruitful association with Montana artist Susan Blackwood, and has since participated in more than a dozen of Blackwood's classes and workshops.
During Yellowstone's famous 1988 fires, Marsha met nature writer and historian Paul Schullery, and they were married in 1996. Adding another dimension to her art, they have collaborated as artist and author on six books, including Real Alaska: Finding Our Way in the Wild Country (2001), The Rise: Streamside Observations on Trout, Flies, and Fly Fishing (2006), and This High, Wild Country: A Celebration of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park (2010).
Upon her retirement from the National Park Service in 2004, Marsha embarked upon a full-time career as a watercolor artist. She increased her participation in workshops, including with Charles Reid at the Southern Vermont Art Center and with Jean Haines in Hampshire, England. Her study of historic artists whose work she finds especially inspiring has involved pilgrimages to Winslow Homer's studio in Prout's Neck, Maine and to his trademark Adirondack settings; to John Constable's beloved Salisbury; to the iconic "Hill Top" countryside of Beatrix Potter's Lake District; and to many of the American wilderness landscapes so brilliantly portrayed by Thomas Moran and Albert Bierstadt.
Marsha's work has been juried into several national competitions and featured in many solo shows in her region, including at the Montana State University Library and the Atrium Gallery of the Bozeman Public Library. She has donated dozens of her originals and prints to support the fund-raising efforts of a host of good causes.

Paint the Parks, 2009, 2010, 2011
Birds in Art, 2010
Bosque Art Classic, 2013
American Plains Artists, 2014

Real Alaska: Finding Our Way in the Wild Country, by Paul Schullery, Stackpole
Books, 2001.
The Rise: Streamside Observations on Trout, Flies, and Fly Fishing, by Paul
Schullery, Stackpole Books, 2006.
Royal Coachman, by Paul Schullery, University of New Mexico Press, 2007.
If Fish Could Scream: An Angler's Search for the Future of Fly Fishing, by
Paul Schullery, Stackpole Books, 2008.
This High, Wild Country: A Celebration of Waterton-Glacier International Peace
Park, by Paul Schullery, University of New Mexico Press, 2010.
The Fishing Life, by Paul Schullery, Skyhorse Publishing Company, New York, 2013.
Yellowstone Bear Tales, by Paul Schullery,, 2013.

The American Museum of Fly Fishing, Manchester, Vermont
Flyfishers' Club of London, England
Numerous private collections in California, Florida, Montana, Ohio, Texas,
Vermont, Wyoming, etc.


Sunflower by Marsha Karle


English Robin by Marsha Karle


Tiber River Cormorant by Marsha Karle


The Shakespeare by Marsha Karle


Jackdaw Inn by Marsha Karle


Nelson's Cow by Marsha Karle


Yellowstone Black Bear by Marsha Karle


Surveyor - Great Blue Heron by Marsha Karle


Travertine Terraces - Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park by Marsha Karle


Diamond Jubilee by Marsha Karle


Grizzly Bear Portrait by Marsha Karle


Randall's Camp by Marsha Karle


Montana Ranch by Marsha Karle


Abandoned Pedestal by Marsha Karle


Kingfisher by Marsha Karle


Goose by Marsha Karle


Apple Still Life by Marsha Karle


Lemon Still Life by Marsha Karle


Wetlands Courtship - Sandhill Cranes by Marsha Karle


Oxford Snow by Marsha Karle


Early Spring in Montana by Marsha Karle


Tiny Snowy Tree by Marsha Karle


Tiny Winter Treescape by Marsha Karle


Lemon by Marsha Karle


Breakfast Bananas by Marsha Karle


White Pelican by Marsha Karle


Tuscan Vineyards by Marsha Karle


Tuscan Ox Cart by Marsha Karle


Tuscan Doorway by Marsha Karle


Tuscan Barnyard by Marsha Karle


St. Peter's Basilica by Marsha Karle


Oxford Church by Marsha Karle


Louvre Window by Marsha Karle


Little Owl by Marsha Karle


Garden Steps by Marsha Karle


English Blue Tit by Marsha Karle


Dreaming Spires by Marsha Karle


Church Trees by Marsha Karle


Cotswolds Cottage by Marsha Karle


Barnyard Boys by Marsha Karle


Late Summer Roses by Marsha Karle


Hawk by Marsha Karle


Emerson Light by Marsha Karle


Final Tote by Marsha Karle


Three Deer by Marsha Karle


British Robin by Marsha Karle


Blue Jays by Marsha Karle


Meadowlark by Marsha Karle