Ginny O'Neill 


Artist Statement

Since childhood I’ve had a passion for drawing, but I didn’t begin painting until my mid twenties. At that time I painted with acrylics, but I gave it up after a few years for family and work. For the next 25 years I worked as an advertising artist, a fashion illustrator and as an art director with my husband in our sports publishing companies.

In 2001 we moved from Seattle to Whidbey Island and I was thrilled to be around so many artists. I decided to try painting with watercolor because it was the medium I had always admired the most. From 2004 to 2013 I had the great fortune to participate in a class taught by Whidbey watercolor artist, Patti Gulledge-White. My painting style is in large part a reflection of what I learned in her class.

I love the Pacific Northwest, and my landscapes and waterscapes are an expression of that. I could paint what’s in this corner of the world for the rest of my life and never feel the need to find another subject.

For the past few years, in addition to landscapes, I have been painting portraits of animals (mostly dogs), people (mostly children) and recently birds, large and small. I think maybe the process of painting a portrait gives me the most gratification.

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