Patsy Surh O’Connell

Pasty Surh O'Connell

I was the lucky individual who tried DANIEL SMITH Watercolors before they started to manufacture. Ever since, I am completely sold on the DANIEL SMITH. When the transparent watercolors are mixed; the colors are lighter and sharper than opaque mixed colors. They are delicate, clean and subtle and are perfect for glazing like magic. It is a joy to see my students’ successes when they are creating their paintings using DANIEL SMITH Extra Fine Watercolors.”
Patsy Surh O’Connell

Patsy Surh O'Connell Sunflower Watercolor painting
Sunflower by Patsy Surh O’Connell


Patsy Surh O’Connell was born in Shanghai, China of Korean parents, and lived in Korea before coming to America as a student in 1963 graduating Interior Design School in San Francisco CA. She served as Board of Trustees member on Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) and Washington State Arts Commission (WSAC) for two terms through 1997-2004. Patsy founded the nonprofit Asia Pacific Cultural Center (APCC) in WA in 1996 where 47 countries of Asia and the Pacific Islands are represented in her community. The mission of the organization is bridging communities and generations through arts, culture, education, and business.

She continues to explore different subject matter with DANIEL SMITH watercolors. With them she has had numerous one-person shows, and received many awards through juried shows. Her works are in private collections in several different countries.

Affiliations: Asia Pacific Cultural Center (APCC), Women Painters of WA (WPW), Northwest Watercolor Society (NWWS), Korean Artists Association of WA (KAAW), Puget Sound Sumi Artists (PSSA), Oversea Chinese Artists Association (OCAA), and Peninsula Artist League (PAL)

Patsy Surh O'Connell Red Peony Watercolor painting
Red Peonies by Patsy Surh O’Connell


Patsy Surh O'Connell Matilija Poppy Watercolor painting
Matilija Poppies by Patsy Surh O’Connell


Peonies by Patsy Surh O'Connell
Peonies by Patsy Surh O’Connell