Felicity O’Connor is a resident abstract artist in Sydney.
Attending a Steiner School in Victoria as an adolescent, the creative influence there fed her passion for music and art. However, something was always missing…
She resisted the inner battle to be an artist for a long time, eventually giving in to it and delving into the world of life drawing for 3 years, but the stylistic qualities of abstract art was the genre that continually spoke to her spirit.
Like many of the abstract expressionist painters of the mid-21st century, Felicity generally uses acrylic and oils to explore line, depth and space to create her paintings. Depending on the creativity that overtakes her on the day, her mediums of choice can range from pencil, oils or acrylics on paper or canvas. Her heart and soul are given over to the work until it’s completed.
Felicity’s works are generally initiated from the environment around her. It can start with one or two vibrant colours that resonate with her. Painting daily within the microcosm of her home studio on the Central Coast of NSW, she will layer one main colour over another and ‘read’ the story using space, lines and shapes that reveal themselves to her.
Working with her canvas or paper on the floor allows Felicity to gain a certain freedom and spontaneity with the paint and mark making. This is important to the visual rhythm in the work and allows the energy and urgency to bare its truth within each creative piece.