My Life's Passion


A deep love of art and drawing began at age five after helping my artistic mother create portraits of myself and my siblings. 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. Recently, I have been inspired to create paintings that combine realistic detail with a modern twist. These works include lone figures or forms amid simplified backgrounds, enlarged depictions of animal eyes, and scenes of secondhand collectables. My work is collected throughout the US and abroad.


"Living among and observing the rich and diverse California landscape has influenced the bright palette I use in my work. As a realist painter, there is an expressive emotion that I seek by exaggerating details that are invisible at a glance yet unify to become dynamic perspectives and contemplative scenes of reality."  
Christine O'Brien


Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Residence: Los Angeles, 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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