Grace O'Connor Grace O'Connor



Painting has always been my passion. I have been painting in all areas of the Jersey coast for the past few decades. I joined the Plein Air painters about 5 years ago and this has continued to be a wonderful and fulfilling experience for me.

I paint in oils using the light & shadows in a manner inspired by the impressionists. Visiting the Metropolitan Museum often to enhance my painting excitement and vivid colors I see in the masters. Painting outdoors with the Plein Air painters has been the fulfillment of a lifetime dream.

I was educated in art from an early grade, majoring in art in high school and later in college. with a degree from Brookdale College. After graduating, I studied with a number of artists, including portraiture with Mary Sheehn, and two years' study with Desa Vey at The Old Mill. While taking a course in figure drawing, I was told that to understand the human form I should take a couse in Anatomy. Doing so sidetracked me from painting and drawing into a career in nursing. Since retiring I have been able to return to my one true love: painting nature. Recently I have studied with Judy Stach, Timothy Thies, and Eleinne Basa.

Art Society of Monmouth County
Guild of Creative Art (Associate Member)
Plein Air Painters of the Jersey Coast


Monmouth Beach Cultural Center, Monmouth Beach, NJ (2012)
Sea Bright Library, Sea Bright, NJ (2011)
Annual member shows, The Plein Air Painters of the Jersey     Coast, Middletown Arts Center, Middletown, NJ (2011, 2010 &     2009)
Annual member shows, The Plein Air Painters of the Jersey     Coast, Guild of Creative Art, Shrewsbury, NJ (2008 & 2007)
Guild of Creative Art (various), Shrewsbury, NJ
Riverviews Gala & Exhibit, Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank,     NJ (2010 & 2009)
Sickles, Little Silver, NJ
Little Silver Library, Little Silver, NJ
Sandy Hook Museum, Sandy Hook, NJ
Art Society of Monmouth County
Veranda Fine Arts & Gifts, Fair Haven, NJ
NoJo Coffee Shop, Red Bank, NJ
Wilentz Breast Center's Permanent Exhibit, Monmouth Medical     Center, Long Branch, NJ


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