Brooke O'Connell

 

Brooke was born in Montreal, and has spent time living in both Canada and the United States. Although she has lived in many different places the artist considers St-Sauveur, a town in the Laurentian Mountains, her home.  Her love for drawing and painting began at an early age, inspired by time spent in the Laurentians working alongside her artist grandmother.

In 2001, Brooke graduated from McMaster University earning an Honours degree in Visual Arts. During her university years the artist spent her summers traveling in Arizona and British Columbia.  Many of her paintings have been a result of the inspiration found in the light and colours of such landscapes.

Brooke currently works as a visual art teacher in the public school system.  Since becoming a teacher, her summers have been spent traveling and painting.  While traveling, her medium of choice is watercolour because they are lightweight, quick- drying, and immediate.  These watercolours often serve as preliminary studies for larger oil paintings.

The artist has exhibited in Ontario, and has a number of works in private collections.  She currently resides in Burlington Ontario, and continues to create and exhibit work based on travel, horses, relationships, and personal experiences.