Carla Griffin

Carla Griffin was raised in Elk Creek and Eagle Point, Oregon. Her mother was a self-taught artist, and though there were no opportunities for training while she was growing up, due to her mother’s influence Carla has been transfixed all her life by shapes, colors, surfaces and reflections. While Carla was unable to take instruction while she was raising her two girls, she was always observing, wondering how she could catch the light and beauty of the world.

Carla spent 19 years in Texas making a living so she could retire to her home state of Oregon. Her late husband and she were married 10 years and took wonderful trips to the great museums in Europe, New York, Washington DC, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston and Chicago.

After she retired and remarried, Burton and she moved to Grants Pass. She was active in the Friends of the Symphony and the Rose Society before starting her art journey. Jeff Gogue introduced her to Ryan Moon at Southern Oregon Art Academy. Because of her appreciation of the traditional art of Europe, the school was a perfect fit. In 2012 Carla graduated from their three year program having studied with Ryan Moon, Chris Tullis and Judy Clayton.

Carla has won numerous local awards for her art including Best of Show from the Josephine County Artists Association and Painting of the Year from Southern Oregon Society of Artists. Griffin has also been accepted into three Pastel Society of Oregon’s judged shows with awards in two of them and is now a Signature member. The Pastel Society of the West Coast also accepted an entry from Griffin.

Mission Statement

“It is my desire to awaken in the viewer the delight that arises from careful observation.”

~Carla J Griffin, PSO


Carla J Griffin holds memberships in the following organizations:

Josephine County Art Association, past president
Southern Oregon Society of Artists
Pastel Society of Oregon
The Rogue Gallery and Art Center
Grants Pass Museum of Art
Pastel Society of the West Coast
Gallery One in Grants Pass, OR
Art and Soul in Ashland, OR

Continuing Study

Workshops and classes continue Griffin’s growth.  She has had extended classes with Richard McKinley, Stefan Baumann, Janice Ellison, Marshall McDaniel and Karl Brake. She has had the privilege of having workshops with Kim Ragsdale, Sue Bennett, Steve Bennett, Roni Marsh, Jeff Gogue, Margaret Dyer, Christine Ivers, Gil Dellinger, Ilene Gienger-Stanfield and Willo Balfrey.


Carla Griffin’s Website


"Emerald Lake" pastel by Carla Griffin
“Emerald Lake”
Carla Griffin


"Fall Color" pastel by Carla Griffin
“Fall Color”
Carla Griffin


"Yosemite Cloud Shadows" pastel by Carla Griffin
“Yosemite Cloud Shadows”
Carla Griffin



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