Karla Tull Aron is an American pianist, composer and visual artist. Her romantic themes reflect her Southern upbringing in Arkansas.

Many years ago in Cleveland, Arkansas, my little cousins and I would gather around the old upright piano at my grandmother's farmhouse. One of us would play and everyone else would join in singing hymns. 

Somebody was always singing or playing the piano at family gatherings.

I sang with and accompanied my cousins for Sunday church, and you'd often hear bluegrass gospel playing on the radio. We even had a touring gospel quartet in the family.

My mom enrolled me in piano lessons when I was 7, and from there on I played in bands, played for church, and went on to college and graduate school in classical piano.

Although I have experience as a visual artist and have even practiced law, I return over and over again to music. It is a stunningly potent art form for self-expression and the closest thing I know to Nirvana.

You'll find my work under the name Karla Tull Aron and Karan Karla Aron.


Whether painting at my easel or composing at the piano, I am most often exploring my own inner world and imagination. Expressing strong emotions and passion in the moment as I experience them is the lynchpin to my compositional and creative process. Feeling my emotions is what drives me to write music. When I am in alignment, those first notes often have an intelligence and genius that is beyond me, and I give deference to them.


Karla Tull Aron is an award-winning artist and pianist/composer. In her music she draws from many years of classical training. Her solo piano compositions are distilled out of that classical tradition and mixed with a heavy dose of romance. 

She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Central Arkansas, a Master of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Kansas, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Wyoming.

Her artwork has been exhibited in such juried shows as The Lincoln Center in Fort Collins, CO, the University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, WY, and The Governor's Capital Art Exhibition, Cheyenne, WY.

Her paintings are held in private collections in Europe, Canada, Australia and the United States, and in public collections in Wyoming.

Through a successful licensing contract with Pier 1 Imports, her bird paintings have been widely distributed since 2014. In 2017, she was awarded a Performing Artist Residency with Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City where she began work on a musical. She currently lives and works in Lawrence, Kansas.