Erin O’Connor Biography

Erin C. O'Connor, artist. CREDIT: David J Swift Erin C. O’Connor, artist. CREDIT: David J Swift

Erin C. O’Connor
Artist Erin C. O’Connor finds the inspiration for her paintings directly at the source. Herpassion for working en plein air has produced work from the Rocky Mountains, the greatWestern deserts, whitewater river trips, and the California coast and wine country. Shehas traveled through Morocco as well, returning with paintings of the suqs in the Marrakesh Medina and remote Berber villages in the High Atlas Mountains.
Across the range of subject matter is O’Connor’s highly recognizable style. With an eye for color and line, her graphic compositions bridge the classic with the contemporary. “There’s a raw strength to paintings done on location,” she states. “By being there first hand, I’m able to pass along the experience with excitement and honesty. A successful painting has an energy that speaks well beyond itself.”
O’Connor’s penchant for living lightly and painting boldly has been featured in Plein Air Magazine (Today’s Masters, Spring 2011) and Southwest Art (Artist to Watch, Editor’s Choice, December 2011).
The National Park System boasts two of O’Connor’s pieces in their Permanent Collection.
Her strong following includes collectors and exhibits throughout the U.S.
Recent highlights include:
Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters National Events;
Jackson Hole, WY; 2006, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
* GTNP Superintendent’s Purchase Award 2012*
*Award of Merit 2013*
Pagosa Springs, CO; 2011
*Artists Choice Award, Best Body of Work 2011*
Crested Butte, CO; 2010
Winter Park, CO; 2006, 07, 08
Tucson, AZ; 2005
Estes Park, CO; 2004, 05
*Award of Merit 2004*
Grand Canyon Association’s Plein Air On The Rim; 2010, 12
Artist-in-Residence, Joshua Tree National Park; 2009
San Luis Obispo Plein Air; San Luis Obispo, CA; 2008
Intermountain Society Of Artists, Invited Guest Speaker; Salt Lake City, UT; 2008
Sonoma Plein Air Event; Sonoma, CA; 2004, 05, 07
Grand Teton Association Artist In The Environment; GTNP, WY; 2006, 2011, 2014
National Museum of Wildlife Art; Jackson, WY;
Plein Air Quick Draw; 2014, 2015
Trophy Art: 2014
Silverspot, A Graphic Novel; 2012
The Exquisite Animal; 2012
Out Of The Box Exhibit, 2007
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Plein Air; Tucson, AZ; 2005
Carmel Plein Air Event; Carmel, CA; 2004
Guest Artist, Maynard Dixon Country Paint Out; Mt. Carmel, UT; 2004
O’Connor has studied with some of the West’s most prominent artists through the Scottsdale Artists School and the Fechin Institute. A member of the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters, she makes her home at the base of Teton Pass in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.