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Colorful oil paintings, abstract landscape painting, abstract West Coast skies

Paula O’Brien, Visual Artist

I’m a colorist, I paint the LIGHT.

In the last few years, my work has shifted to the West Coast world of abstract landscapes, and digital painting.

I see infinite beauty in the world. I look for the energy and light; the light, shapes and spaces between objects; the shimmering energy that comes from these objects and people into the world. I look deeply into my subjects, from the beautiful West Coast landscapes that greet me each morning to rusting fishing boats to dazzling contemporary dancers and I fall in love with the beauty of the light falling upon their forms, their shadows and reflections.

My artistic vision, interesting cropping, composition and color combinations define my expressive abstract signature look.

I mainly work in palette knife oils on canvas but am also enjoying dramatic loose digital painting I can’t squeeze my paint tubes. In oils, I often work very fast in a loose alla prima style. My mark making is very deliberate and individual. My favorite mark making tools are cold wax, silicone tip and wooden skewers to squiggle through lines.

My painting mojo:
  • be fearless!
  • juicy and colorful!
  • what’s the worst thing that could happen?
Visit my studio anytime

Visit my home studio / gallery space.
504 Sargent Road, Gibsons, BC, a 40-minute ferry ride from Vancouver.
Please call ahead to view paintings 604-740-4842




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