Caroline Orr

(American | Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation | Lillooet Okanagan, born 1943)

Northwest artist Caroline Orr grew up on the Okanogan plateau of Central Washington State. Her paintings, prints, and sculptures are influenced by her Native American heritage, and the stories passed down by her ancestors. The Okanogan traditional territory spans the U.S.-Canada boundary in Washington and British Columbia. She notes "Beginning my life on a reservation cattle ranch, I have always been inspired by nature and my native heritage, taught to me by the legends of my grandparents. Art in the form of painting, printmaking and glass techniques have helped me to express my appreciation for these stories and the wisdom of my ancestors."

Orr first studied printmaking at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1977.