Despite a lack of formal training, Marla Karimipour has had a successful artistic career, exhibiting in New Jersey, Florida, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and throughout the state of Michigan. She has also shown abroad in Bregenz, Austria, Berlin, Germany and Beijing, China. Her work was published in 2004 in “How to Paint Flowers and Gardens”, a book by International Artist magazine, and in a feature article in the December 2004 issue of American Artist magazine. Karimipour has placed numerous works in private collections in Michigan, Wisconsin, New York, Germany and Scotland. As a mother of a child with life-threatening food allergies, she has become increasingly involved in raising awareness. She is writing a dairy-free cookbook, and has started a blog as a platform. The blog, mamamakesfromscratch.blogspot.com, was nominated for the Circle of Moms Top 25 Food Allergy Mom blogs of 2012. She also is involved in passing legislation in the state of Michigan, the Food Allergy Awareness Act, which would ensure that restaurant staff will be better educated and more aware of the dangers posed by food allergies.