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My Story

As a shy child, I would pass the time by drawing and coloring imaginary worlds. Creating artistic realities became an integral part of my life. I received a scholarship to attend a liberal arts college where I trained in a program of rigorous classical instruction. After an independent study in experimental drawing and painting, I discovered my passion for using vivid detail to compose realistic effects. In the early 90's, I began to paint exclusively in oils and worked as a commissioned portraiture artist. In addition to portrait work, the expansive terrain that surrounds me is a constant inspiration to develop engaging compositions of botanicals, landscapes, and coastal scenes. In 2014, while on a jog, a reflection of a trinket caught my eye as I passed by a yard sale. I was instantly excited to create a painting that highlighted its unique nuances. These still life paintings are now a series called the "Tchotchke Series," simplistic scenes, and on occasion, humorous depictions of collectibles that I find in the many resale shops in my area.  As a versatile artist, my creations in realism span still life to figurative. My work is collected throughout the US and abroad.

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My scenes are carefully composed to highlight textural detail and the aesthetics of a moment. The subjects I paint reference my experiences of closely observing my surroundings and redefining the familiar as a dynamic perspective of a new reality. I work in layers of oil paint from thin to thick creating color depth and realistic compositions which become both a dimensional visual presence and a contemplative voice
Christine O'Brien (CAO)

 

Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Studio: Ventura County, California
Education: Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri, BA
Chicago Academy of Art, Chicago, Illinois
UCLA, Westwood, California
UCLA, Santa Monica, California

American Women Artists, Associate with Distinction

 
Love Out of the Box