Birgit O’Connor

Birgit O’Connor is a professional self-taught watercolor artist that has been painting for over 20 years, specializing in florals, landscapes and subject of nature. Birgit lives in Bolinas of West Marin, California and finds watercolor the most fluid and expressive medium to work in. Her award winning work has been recognized and published in over 30 national and international artist publications, including Australian Artist and International Artist Magazine. Birgit contributes regularly to Watercolor Magic, Artist Sketchbook, Watercolor Basics, and Artist magazine. She has been featured in articles, in The San Francisco Chronicle, Marin IJ, Pt. Reyes Light, Dobry Zank, Poland, L’Art de l’Aquarelle, France and The New York Times. Her Most recent awards include in 2014, 2nd Place Award at the 44th International Watercolor Exhibition, in New Orleans for the Louisiana Watercolor Society and previously the Sailis International Award in New Orleans for her florals. Birgit sees her watercolor paintings as reflective of nature’s voice. Her memberships include, California Watercolor Society, Louisiana Watercolor Society, Who’s who in America, and Who’s Who in American Woman. Birgit has shown her work all over the world including a one woman show in Hong Kong.
Birgit has produced a wide variety of instructional videos available on this site as VHS, DVD and streaming video.
To see her workshop schedule visit the Workshop page. As an Artist strive to show that the seemingly delicate medium of watercolor can be bold, rich and dramatic.
She is intrigued by showing others how to view the everyday world in another way by taking what is not first noticeable and bring that into focus to give the viewer a new perspective. To understand and see beauty and simplicity within complexity. When painting it is not about what you see at first glance it is more about the emotional connection she hass to her subject. The form is the language the content the voice.
She believes that Artist are here to share their gifts with others, at is a valuable healing experience for both the creator and the observer and her art is what she is here to do. At first glance you might think many of her paintings are just flowers, but if you look deeper into the shadows and under the folds of the petals you may find yourself being lead into your own imagination. Along her path many people have tried to discourage her, but just doing what you love and never giving up has led her on a wonderful journey, she believes in dreams.

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