Since early childhood, creating art has been an integral part of my life. I received a merit scholarship from Stephens College where I trained in a rigorous program of classical instruction. Selected by the head of the art college as the sole recipient for a final semester independent study, my skills progressed through experimental drawing and painting. That work became a catalyst for using vivid detail to compose realistic effects. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and worked in Chicago as an illustrator and Graphic Designer. Following a move to California, I continued with extension studies at UCLA to advance my painting skills. My studio life focused on portraiture and depicting the beauty of California's landscape. In recent years, I have been creating a series of works that celebrate a universal truth, my truth, that the constant in life is change. From capturing the soulful variances in animal eyes to magnifying the transitions of blooming botanicals, and depicting whimsical still life’s using formerly owned collectibles, these collections reflect an openness to both sensible and nonsensical scenes of reality. My work is collected throughout the US and abroad.
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
My pictorial realities on canvas intensify details of the familiar with an emphasis on capturing the mood of a moment. I work in layers of oil paint from thin to thick creating color and imagery depth that becomes both a dimensional visual presence and a contemplative voice.
Christine O'Brien (CAO)