Paula O’Brien, Visual Artist

I paint the LIGHT.

My work this year has shifted from figurative work to the West Coast world. I have a long connection with boats. I’m starting to look for and find beauty in photographing fishing boats, sailboats, and the magical reflective world that lies between boats and water. I look for the energy and light, the light, shapes and spaces between objects, the shimmering energy that comes from these objects into space.

Although my subject matter may change, my commitment, interesting cropping and composition and color combinations remain my own signature look.

I mainly work in oils on canvas. I use a lot palette knife, working very fast in a loose alla prima style. My mark making is very deliberate and individual. My favourite mark making tools are a silicone tip, wooden skewers or credit card to squiggle through lines.

My painting mottoes are:

  • be fearless!
  • juicy and colourful!
  • what’s the worst thing that could happen?

I’m looking forward to presenting more photography as final artwork, moving beyond just reference photos for paintings but one step at a time….

This year marks the opening of my new home studio / gallery space. I look for the energy and light, the light, shapes and spaces between objects, the shimmering energy that comes from these objects into space. which I am looking forward to sharing with visitors into the future.

You’ll still find my colorful figurative dancers in bold oil painting, figure studies and portraits from earlier years and many other exciting things here in this cabinet of color and curiosities.




LATEST WORKS

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“Get juicy! What’s the worst that could happen?”