Carla Woody







Carla Woody

Carla Woody

Prescott , AZ


Carla Woody has had a penchant for the expressive arts since childhood when she began to write stories and draw. A look at her work over time tells a life story of travels around the world—and a distinct ability to distill place and culture. She works in oil and mixed media, frequently including gold, silver or copper leaf as a foundation. The influence of her twenty years’ involvement with Indigenous traditions is noticeable. Carla makes her home in a remote area outside Prescott, Arizona.

Respected pastelist Janette Maloy once described her work as “emotional.”


In a number of Native traditions, callings and guidance come through dreams and visions. Ceremonies involve prayers for the benefit of community and all natural elements. Symbols and creation stories are important. It’s been my privilege to sit in circle and participate in such rituals, to hear stories, over the last twenty years. Sacred sites hold the history of ancient peoples. What is produced through ceremonies from long ago until the present remains there.

Q’ero paq’os, or shamans, of the high Peruvian Andes speak of the chakaruna as someone who is a living bridge of feeling between cultures. My work today seeks to translate the essence of what I’ve experienced in a way that honors—with intent to invoke the sense of wonder and inner peace I’ve gained. Each piece has a story, and I invite the viewer to imagine their own within it.


“I was fortunate to spend a significant portion of my 1960s childhood living in a suburb of Paris influenced by French culture where the arts are valued. We traveled all over Europe. I remember spending a lot of time in art museums and exploring narrow cobblestone streets with my parents,” Carla says. “Those experiences installed a love for art and what different customs could offer, as well as a travel bug that remains with me to this day.”

Carla began informal study of art while living in Germany in the 1980s where she took painting lessons from a local artist. She also extended her travels in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Returning to Dayton, Ohio, she studied with Chief Hawk Pope of the Shawnee Nation United Remnant Band, her first influence to Native American ways of life and art. In 1990 she opened a working studio in a small complex with other artists, offering her paintings and accepting commissions.

By the mid-1990s Carla was drawn to Peru and Mexico where she discovered a deep connection with sacred aspects of Indigenous traditions and art. She pursued this thread, making journeys into remote regions of Peru, Central America and Mexico and, over time, developed relationships with spiritual leaders and healers who serve their communities. In 1998 she moved to Arizona. After several years, she developed friendships with traditional Hopi Wisdom Keepers living in their home villages in Northern Arizona.

In 2000 Carla began offering spiritual travel programs focused on sacred sites, Native ceremonies, medicine and arts in Peru, Mexico and Guatemala, as well as the Provence region of France. Hopi is a recent addition. Her ongoing involvement and experiential knowledge of Indigenous beliefs and sacred ways have heavily colored the subject matter of her artwork. Add to that thirty years as a daily practitioner of meditation.

“I’ve found that my learnings through Native ways and meditation have grounded me with clarity toward what truly matters—connection to all things, reciprocity, community—yet opened a portal beyond what my ordinary eyes can see. My intent is to convey that sense of the sacred.”

She is currently represented by 'Tis Gallery in Prescott, Arizona and The Gallery in Williams in Williams, Arizona.

Carla considers writing equally central as her art. She is the author of PORTALS TO THE VISION SERPENT, STANDING STARK: THE WILLINGNESS TO ENGAGE, and CALLING OUR SPIRITS HOME: GATEWAYS TO FULL CONSCIOUSNESS. Articles focus on spiritual development, sacred Native ways, peacemaking, natural healing and art.

Carla donates a percentage of all artwork and book sales to the projects of Kenosis Spirit Keepers, the nonprofit she founded seeking to help preserve Indigenous wisdom traditions in danger of decimation.

See related websites for more on spiritual travel programs and Native preservation works : and The Lifepath Dialogues with writings is located here:



This Is My Walk in Life by Carla Woody


Ghost Cows by Carla Woody


The Farther Mountains by Carla Woody


Night Snow in the High Andes by Carla Woody


Winter Solstice by Carla Woody


Monsoon Dusk by Carla Woody


Prayer Flags by Carla Woody


Faces in the Sun by Carla Woody


I Hold the Knowledge Inside by Carla Woody


Mystery School by Carla Woody


For the Ancestors by Carla Woody


Prayer Feathers for the Sun by Carla Woody


Little Miracles from the Sky by Carla Woody


Facing the Storm by Carla Woody


Born of the Moon by Carla Woody


The Water Spirit Reveals Herself by Carla Woody


Moonrise by Carla Woody


Secret Access by Carla Woody


The Inner Chamber by Carla Woody


My Magdalen Heart by Carla Woody


Apparitions by Carla Woody


Testimony by Carla Woody


Native Corn Offerings by Carla Woody


Buffalo Snow Moon Prayers by Carla Woody


Blessings of the Four Directions by Carla Woody


Light My Night by Carla Woody


Toward the Light by Carla Woody


Warrior of the Spirit by Carla Woody


Saint of Saints by Carla Woody


Saved By Fortuity by Carla Woody


Reflection by Carla Woody


Facade by Carla Woody


The Visitation by Carla Woody


As Above So Below by Carla Woody


The Disguise by Carla Woody


Deep Winter by Carla Woody


Callanish Croft by Carla Woody


Potions and Elixirs by Carla Woody


Earth Lord Shrine II by Carla Woody


Maya Prayers by Carla Woody


Going Home Shungopavi by Carla Woody


Earth Lord Shrine by Carla Woody


The Coca Reader by Carla Woody


Creek Chincultik by Carla Woody