About Me

Welcome to my colourful little space.  Let me introduce myself!

I'm JO KLIMA: artist, creative spirit, star gazer, soulpreneur, designer + wanderer.

I live and breathe creativity - and you’ll rarely find me without a sketchbook or a doodle within arm’s reach.

From a young age, I discovered I could map out an adventurous world of infinite possibilities with my paper, coloured pencils, & watercolours. From there, the rush of building something beautiful from a mashup of ideas caught hold... and refused to let go.

After graduating Uni with a Bachelor’s degree in design in 2004, I spent four years earning my stripes at studios that catered to big-time corporations. In 2008 I decided to branch out on my own - and so, The Darling Tree studio was born.

Since it began, The Darling Tree has primarily been dedicated to handcrafting vibrant works of digital art for creative entrepreneurs and visionary businesses. With a decade of experience and over 100 extraordinary clients the world over, I've helped businesses and creatives build deeper connections with their customers and fans.

More recently, my business has been transitioning into creating art, patterns and gorgeous products for other creative folk and inspired brands. My work combines bold colour and modern textures with old world patterns and symbols, to create a feeling as fresh as it is unmistakably stylish. 

Most importantly, I make ART. For you, for me, and for whoever is ready to explore this beautiful world, our inner sanctuary, and the stories that connect us, through VISUAL expression.



Here's  a little peek into the gorgeous space where I spend my time dreaming, creating and painting!


Beyond my work, I love diving into every corner of the creative process. I  TRAVEL the world for inspiration, for fun, and to MEET new creative masterminds to collaborate with. I’ll spend weekend retreats immersed in long, deeply quiet stretches of time with just my PAINTS and some good tunes. Yep, that about sums it up.

Wanna chat?