Originally from Chicago, Ken Karlic's earliest memories are of drawing. Over the years Ken used various media for his art, but it wasn't until he began to travel that he chose watercolors exclusively, primarily for their portability. This began a three decades long refinement of his techniques, which continues today.
In 2010, Ken began to participate in juried plein-air painting competitions. In his second competition, he sold several paintings, won second place and was hooked. Painting plein-air is a perfect match for Ken, as he enjoys painting with a sense of urgency and passion that is more about capturing the essence rather than the specifics of any location.
Ken Karlic studied architecture, painting and graphic design at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, and he received a BFA in graphic design in 1986. Ken is an award-winning graphic designer and founding partner of the Baltimore-area firm Splice Design Group, which specializes in brand identity, interactive and print design for clients including the Guggenheim Foundation and Smithsonian Institution. His paintings are in private and institutional collections including Johns Hopkins Hospital, he is an instructor at Chesapeake Fine Art Studio in Stevensville MD and he is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Plein-Air Painters Association (MAPAPA) and a Signature Artist Member of Baltimore Watercolor Society.