My ongoing concerns revolve around subtlety, economy and simplicity. Painted on site in oil or watercolor I seek to draw the viewer in, both to survey the landscape and also to submit to pure color and form. Aiming for a fresh openness in the work I feel the loose and active brushwork contributes to the energy of the paintings. I keep them small, the better to capture the intimacy and intensity of my direct painting experience. Painting sites include Maine, New Jersey, the Gowanus area of Brooklyn and my native Ireland.
Elizabeth O’Reilly received her MFA from Brooklyn College, New York, and her her B.Ed from the National University of Ireland. She has participated in residencies at the Ballinglen Foundation, Ireland, the Ucross Foundation, Wyoming and the Ragdale Foundation, Illinois, and has received a grant from the Pollock Krasner Foundation, the Peter S. Reed Foundation and a Charles G. Shaw award in painting. A documentary on her work, “Ealaiontoir That Saile” (An Artist Abroad) was shown on Irish-language television in 2002.