Paula O’Brien, Visual Artist

I’m a colorist, I paint the LIGHT.

My work has shifted from figurative work to the West Coast world of abstract landscapes, seascapes 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 sailboats to dazzling contemporary dancers and fall in love with the beauty of the light falling upon their forms, their shadows and reflections.

I have a long connection with boats and live in a water world. I find beauty in photographing fishing boats, sailboats, and the magical reflective world that lies between boats and water.

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

I mainly work in oils on canvas but am also developing digital painting. In oils, I use a lot palette knife, working 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 mottoes are:
  • be fearless!
  • juicy and colorful!
  • 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….

Visit

Visit my new 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

Exhibitions for 2018
  • Jazz Festival, June 16 – 17 Open Studio Show
  • Urbanity, June 12 – July 4, Vancouver
  • Paintings From Our Travels, Aug 22 – Sept 16, Sunshine Coast Arts Council
  • The Art of Loss, Oct 9 – Nov 4, Gibsons Public Art Gallery
  • Sunshine Coast Arts Crawl, Gibsons, Oct 19 – 21


LATEST WORKS

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