Carla O’Connor is an award-winning watercolor painter. The human form has been the touchstone of Carla O’Connor’s work. She strives to amalgamate the three dimensional figurative form with a two dimensional abstraction of its surroundings. This is the means by which she communicates a personal vision of the strengths and fragility of life. “My work addresses the passage of time - the human response to the internal and external events that change and shape our lives. The work has evolved like a continuous spiral, always circling around to a new beginning and provides me with a visual narrative to express all those moments and experiences—both minuscule and monumental. “
Her approach to paintings is informed by a sound knowledge of how her chosen medium behaves and misbehaves. Layering and lifting thick fields and thin washes of gouache and watercolor she creates thoughtful compositions comprised of lines, shapes, textures, and strong contrasts. Although there is usually a seed of an idea at the beginning of a new work she explains that she is “mostly directed by the work as it progresses. It is a dialogue, a give and take, of sorting puzzles, discovering solutions and trying to stay in the process as long as possible. I resist the tendency to visualize the final image.”
O'Connor is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society and Northwest Watercolor Society and is an AWS Dolphin Fellow and an NWWS Gold member. She is also an honorary member of the Jiangsu Watercolor Research Institute of Nanjing, China. She received her BFA in painting from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio and pursued additional formal study at the University of the Americas, Mexico City; University of Dayton, Ohio and the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She is a respected teacher and juror.
We will be showing the selection of works below as part of our exhibition, "And Others", for Stormy Weather Arts Festival, opening November 1st. "& Others" will focus on contemporary figurative work placing the figure in a narrative, and exploring our perception of self and interaction with others.
Painting by Carla O'Connor. Watercolor on aquaboard. 36 x 36 inches