CHRISTINE ANN O'BRIEN

CHRISTINE ANN O'BRIEN

I am a realist painter working in oil and acrylic on canvas and paper. I live in Southern California with my son and work out of a quaint studio in my Ventura County home. I love to create perspectives that push compositional boundaries, for instance, a scene or subject that extends beyond the canvas edge, as if continuing to an existence beyond. Recently, I have been painting reflective objects. I exaggerate the details in the reflections with intense brushwork to create an ornate dance between darks, lights and color. Viewed closely, there are many patterns of abstraction. Take a step back and the forms unify into a contemplative reality.

 

FROM LITTLE TO BIG

A deep love of art and drawing began at age five after helping my artistic mother render portraits of my siblings. I received a scholarship to attend a liberal arts college where studio work included rigorous courses in classical instruction. My Junior year, I became the sole recipient to work in an independent study under the tutelage of Gardiner McCauley, head of the art college. Structured around experimental drawing and painting, including plein air work, that year profoundly impacted my creative approach. I learned to trust my intuition and embrace my pursuits in creating highly-detailed art. After graduating, I worked in my hometown of Chicago as a graphic designer and illustrator. Upon moving to Los Angeles in the early 90’s, I was immediately inspired by the magnificent coastal beauty. In addition to painting beach life, I tapped into my affinity to paint figures and my career as a portrait artist blossomed. Recently my paintings combine traditional realism with a modern edge. They include lone figures amid simplified landscapes and enlarged depictions of secondhand collectables. My work is collected throughout the US and abroad.

EDUCATION
UCLA, Los Angeles, CA: Studies in Advanced Acrylic and Oil Painting 1993-1995
Chicago Academy of Art, Chicago, IL: Advanced Illustration 1983
Stephens College, Columbia, MO: Bachelors of Arts, Graphic Design 1978-1982

ASSOCIATIONS
American Women Artists, Associate with Distinction