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Don O'Neill was a watercolorist and architect that lived primarily in Riverside County, Californiamarker. He is most notable for his landscapes, especially of the downtown Riversidemarker street scenes and architecture. He was born in 1924 in Buffalo, New Yorkmarker and died of pancreatic cancer in 2007 at the age of 83.

Early career

Don O'Neill received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Catholic University of Americamarker in Washington, DCmarker in 1953, and was a practicing architect working in the Washington, DC and Riverside, California areas of the United States.

Artistic career

After retiring from architecture, Don O'Neill decided to take up watercolor painting more seriously. He was taken on as a pupil of Milford Zornes, and eventually became a signature member of Watercolor West, the National Watercolor Society, and the American Watercolor Society, and was the first Inland Empiremarker resident to ever be accepted into the American Watercolor Society.

Personal life

Don O'Neill had two brothers, two sister, ten children, sixteen grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and was married four times.


  • 2007 Elizabeth Callan Award from the American Watercolor Society
  • 2005 Elizabeth Callan Award from the American Watercolor Society
  • 1999 Work accepted into the 132nd Annual Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society.
  • 1997 Second Place Award, Multi Media Exhibit XXVIII
  • 1995 Best of Show Award, Riverside Art Museum Membership Exhibit
  • 1994 Award of Excellence, Multi Media Mini XXV
  • 1992 Accepted into 125th Annual Exhibit of the American Watercolor Society and granted Signature Membership
  • 1990 Harrison-Cady Award American Watercolor Society 123rd Annual Exhibition
  • 1989 Artist-in-residence, Na Bolom, San Cristobal Las Casas, Mexico
  • 1988 Purchase Award for Permanent Collection, Palos Verde Community Art Exhibit
  • 1987 Accepted into 120th Annual Exhibit of American Watercolor Society. and received the Edgar Whitney Award
  • 1985 Acquisition Award for Permanent Collection, Mt San Jacinto College
  • 1983 First Award, 8th Annual Heritage Awards exhibit, Inland
  • 1982 First Award, Inland Exhibition XVIII, San Bernadino Co. Museum
  • 1982 Acquisition Award for Permanent Collection, Chaffey Community Art Association

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