About Carla O’Connor


Carla O’Connor received her BFA in painting from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio. She has done additional formal study at the University of the Americas, Mexico City; University of Dayton, Ohio; and the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Professional Affiliations

O’Connor is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society and Northwest Watercolor Society (Gold Member) and is an AWS Dolphin Fellow.

Juried Exhibitions and Awards (Partial List)

  • American Women Artists 2019 Spring Online Juried Show, Grand Prize
  • International Society of Experimental Artists, Best of show 2018, Gracie Award 2018
  • American Watercolor Society 2015 prize
  • NWWS National and International Exhibitions 2014 prize, 2015 prize, 2017 prize, 2018 prize
  • American Watercolor Society International Exhibition 1991 (Prize and Traveling Exhibit), 1996, 1997 (Silver Medal of Honor and Traveling Exhibit), 1998, 1999 and 2002 (Prize), 2004 (Prize), 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 (Prize), 2010 (Prize), 2011 (Prize), 2012, 2013 (Prize).
  • National Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition: 1996, 1997 (Prize and Traveling Exhibit), 1998 (Traveling Exhibit), 2004, 2008, 2011, Members Exhibit 2017, International Exhibit 2017
  • NWWS National Exhibitions: 60th Year Exhibition, Frye Art Museum, Seattle 2000,
  • 2009 (2nd Place Award), 2010, 2014 (2nd Place), 2015 Prize, 2017 Prize, 2018 First Place
  • Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition, 1998, 2008, 2012(Prize)
  • San Diego International Watercolor Exhibits, 1988 (Prize), 1989, 1990, 1992(Prize), 1995, 1996.

Juror Experience

(Juror of Selection or Awards — Partial List) O’Connor has been a juror for numerous national and regional groups including:

  • Western Federation of Watercolor Societies
  • The American Watercolor Society
  • The National Watercolor Society
  • The Northwest Watercolor Society
  • Watercolor Art Society – Houston
  • The Arizona Watercolor Association
  • The Watercolor Societies of Florida and San Diego.


DVD cover photo for about pageSee the “Featured In” page for publications Carla has been featured in.

Visit the DVD page to learn more about Carla’s Figure Design in Gouache, THE PROCESS DVD.


O’Connor’s Gig Harbor studio is open by appointment.
Contact Carla by email at art@carlaoconnor.com