My Life's Passion


Since I can remember, I have loved to color, draw and paint. I received a scholarship to attend a liberal arts college where studio work included rigorous programs of classical instruction. My Junior year, I completed an independent study under the tutelage of Gardiner McCauley, head of the art college. It was a year that profoundly changed my creative approach and laid the groundwork for my passion to create art in the style of realism. 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 began to paint exclusively in oils and worked as a commissioned portraiture artist. In recent years, I have been inspired to paint my surroundings which includes coastal life, botanicals and depictions of "Tchotkches" I find at local thrift shops. My compositions are developed as dynamic perspectives which play on size, form and space. My work is collected throughout the US and abroad.


"Living among the sun-filled, diverse California landscape has influenced the bright palette I use in my work. My passion for realism lies in how I depict the abstractions of details and the spatial design of the subjects or scenes I choose to paint. From afar, the brushwork is invisible, yet upon examination, there are many layers of intricate styling and  interwoven colors that bring to life dynamic perspectives."  
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

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