6900 E. Green Lake Way, N.
Seattle, WA 98115
“My best work is always inspired by what I have seen and experienced personally.
I filter those experiences and try to capture the emotional connection that stirs my own senses when seeing something for the first time. I am constantly drawn to strong natural light and deep shadows no matter what the subject matter especially during dramatic, transitional moments of the day and seasons of the year.”
About the Artist & Recent News:
Sandy O’Connor grew up on a small farm in northern New Jersey where changing seasons inspired a life-long passion to draw. She won her first art competition in second grade with a painting of a sunrise. Her love of the natural environment led instinctively to a degree in Landscape Architecture from Rutgers University. It is this combination of a naturalist’s eye, the discipline of a formal design education and years of professional practice as a graphic artist that shapes O’Connor’s style as a representational fine artist.
With a meticulous attention to detail, the realism present in each one of her watercolor paintings has become the trademark for this award-winning artist. O’Connor was selected by American Artist’s Watercolor magazine as one of 10 finalists in their 2007 and 2008 cover competitions. In 2009, she was juried as an Associate Artist member of the prestigious Copley Society of Art in Boston where she recently won a “Juror’s Choice” award. The recipient of multiple awards from the Cape Cod Art Association, her painting titled The Wonder Years, which garnered a “Peoples Choice Award” from the Association, appears in the North Light Books publication, Splash 11: New Directions, May 2010. The same painting won the Ferdinand R. Petrie Memorial Prize in the prestigious Hudson Valley Art Association’s 78th Exhibition. This led to a formal invitation to join the Association. Her painting, Back to the Sea, is featured in Splash 12: Celebrating Artistic Vision, May 2011. It won First Place, Water Media, Best in Show and the Eleanor Ferri Jones Award in the Cape Cod Art Association’s All New England Exhibition 2007.
A former resident of Cotuit, Massachusetts until 2013, O’Connor was an active volunteer and participating artist at the Cahoon Museum of American Art in Cotuit. She is one of the first group of juried Master Artist members of the Cape Cod Art Association where she garnered first place and the “People’s Choice Award” in the 2009 All New England Exhibition for her work titled High and Dry. This same piece was accepted into the Transparent Watercolor Society of America’s 34th Annual National Exhibition in spring of 2010 and was juried into the New England Watercolor Society’s 12th Biennial North American Open Show at the North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester, MA, in 2010. It received honorable mention in Watercolor Artist’s magazine’s, “What Do You Love?” competition and appears in their June 2013 issue.
O’Connor currently lives with her husband in Seattle, WA and trades under the banner of Red Hill Studio, named after her mother’s family home in Dunoon, Scotland. Her work is now part of several private collections in the United States, Germany and Great Britain. – Updated as of May 2013.