Sandy O'Connor, CA

Sandy O’Connor currently divides her time between Cape Cod and Arlington, VA. Her career as a designer and artist has evolved within the fields of landscape architecture, graphic design, advertising and publishing. Soon after the tragic events of 9/11 in New York City, she made a pivot into fine art after a professional career as a designer and Director of Creative Services at Bloomberg, LP in NYC.

Sandy is best known for her watercolors and the exquisite realism she achieves. Recently, she has turned her focus to practicing oil painting, a medium she enjoyed prior to devoting most of her time to watercolor. Her work has been shown in over 160 regional, national and international juried exhibitions and published in notable art magazines and hard cover books. In 2019 she was awarded a prestigious Copley Society of Art Visual Artist Fellowship and residency at the historic Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. During that time she researched vulnerable landscapes on the Outer Cape and the impacts of climate change. As the pandemic took hold in 2020, she completed a series of eight large watercolors titled "The Tipping Point: An Artist’s Perspective on Climate Change on the Outer Cape". The Nature Conservancy of Massachusetts produced a webinar based on her work in 2021. The following year she was awarded a second Copley Society of Art Fellowship in collaboration with the Charles Family Foundation and the Cape Ann Museum of Art in Gloucester, Massachusetts where she completed another series of paintings inspired by conservation efforts within 30,000 acres of The Great Marsh.

Selected Works