Conscious Living Landscapes / Conscious Life Design is the vision of artist/ designer Ketti Kupper; well known for her work in a number of creative fields. Ketti’s award winning and published work has gained national attention by managing all aspects of the design-build process from the initial concept and space planning to the hand-selected materials, art and imagery. The company’s non-formulaic solutions have “green “options including low water plants, permeable paving, drip irrigation, and recycled or renewable products.
CLL Experiential and Therapeutic Gardens include traditional garden elements along with more inventive elements such as land art, media, and architectural explorations. These spaces offer multi-sensory experiences made appropriate for any age; well suited for memory care facilities, educational, resort or retreat venues and more. An experiential garden is a great way to pedestrianize a public space.
Fine Art Interior and Exterior Prints, Paintings and Sculpture are a signature component, and available to other design professionals, architects, planners, corporations and consumers as individual purchases or as custom works. This is truly a beautiful way to bring our inside culture outside to the light of day!
Projects are realized through a team of designers, fabricators, artists and licensed contractor’s. Serving clients in the greater Los Angeles area, throughout the United States and abroad.
Conscious Life Jewelry hand-sculpted and nature inspired designs in silver or gold have been developed to help us hold our higher thoughts.
Ketti Kupper, MFA was raised in the foothills and canyons of Los Angeles under the tutelage of a mother who studied art at Chinouard Institute, and a father with a passion for exploring the wonders of California wildlife. Her childhood included raising goats, summers camping and panning for gold and painting in oils at an early age. Undergraduate studies were at Brigham Young University in Utah, and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
While in San Francisco she was introduced to the world of illustration working at first with art directors at Landor to develop concepts, paintings and illustrations for packaging and brand identity. Her illustrative paintings have appeared in Time, Newsweek, Reader’s Digest, Dallas Life Magazine and more. Clients included Nestle, Frito-Lay, Physician’s Formula, Hunt-Wesson, Avon Products and other prominent corporations. American Express commissioned Ketti to paint an athlete that was enlarged to billboard size as a backdrop of a television commercial during the Olympics.
Portrait Arts Ltd in Boston, MA and Sandra Freeman in Dallas formerly represented her work. Portraits include Clint Murchison for the Dallas Times Herald Cover and President Edwin Eigle for the University of Bridgeport.
She obtained her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her paintings have been awarded by jurors including Cora Rosevoir, Associate Curator, MOMA, Daphne Anderson Deeds, Sr. Curator Yale University Art Gallery and Richard Klein, Acting Curator of The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield CT. Elsa Longhauser, Director of the Santa Monica Museum, selected Ketti’s work for an exhibit at the Eye Five Gallery in Los Angeles.
Ketti began to design and build gardens in Connecticut during her tenure as a professor of art at the University of Bridgeport; motivated at first by giant boulders unearthed by dynamiting to bring city water to her rural street. By 2000, Ketti and her daughters had moved to Los Angeles. Not long afterward she won HGTV’s Landscaper’s Challenge.
Ketti’s landscape art bridges the disciplines of fine art and landscape design, employing many of the same components with flowing lines suggesting movement, layered space and graduations in scale and color. Her work includes a public art project along the Los Angeles River at the Glendale Narrows Riverwalk Park in California.
She is a past department chair at the University of Bridgeport Connecticut, as well as a nationally featured garden designer on HGTV, in Sunset Magazine, and numerous publications.
A study of design began by observing and collecting artifacts from nature as a child and that activity has never ceased. During her young adult years Ketti’s family lost both brothers and she later lost several friends in unexpected passings. She discovered that landscape connectivity was a powerful healing agent and a wonderful resource for continually renewing one’s perspectives on life.
The compulsion to create low-relief sculptures, and cast metal pieces began the summer prior to 9/11 at the funeral of a colleague. Watching people at the cemetery rub their fingers across a grave marker told a story of our need for tactile markers. Ketti’s InSights Plaques™ and Conscious Life Jewelry™ collections began with a desire to prime personal space with images and words that inspire well-being and healthy perspectives.
• Association of Professional Landscape Designers
• California Landscape Contractor’s Association
• Pacific Horticulture Society
• Santa Monica Sustainable Landscape Professional Program
• Sustainable Business Council Los Angeles
• Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildlife and Native Plants