Karl was born in Billings Montana and grew up mostly in the plains states of Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma. He received his BS from the University of Oklahoma majoring in geology and minoring in art. He received his MFA in painting from the School of Visual Arts in New York. He lives with his family in New Jersey and travels back to Oklahoma to see family, take photographs and sketch. Karl shows at the Mary Ann Doran gallery in Tulsa, OK. He has exhibited at the Kansas Museum of Fine Art in Wichita, KA, The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, OH, The Charles A. Wustum Museum, Racine, WI. and the Peconic Gallery in Riverhead, NY. He has also shown at the The Grand Central Galleries, Lesley Heller Workspace, The Adam Baumgold Gallery, and the National Academy of Design in New York City as well as the Yoyogi School of fine art in Tokyo Japan. He was awarded the New Jersey State Council for the Arts Fellowship for painting 2006.