Sandy O'Connor, CA

O'Connor, CA
Artist Statement: “I like to look at things that draw me in with dramatic contrasts of light and dark and calm me with a sense of solitude or have nostalgic significance and meaning. And I love depicting subjects that are often overlooked. Every time I begin a new painting I strive to make something beautiful that I want to spend time with and that others will be drawn to on an emotional level. The question is 'Do I want to wake up everyday, look at that painting and love it more and more as time goes by?' Many are captivated by my approach to watercolor because of the striking realism that results. I’m inspired by the work of contemporary artists such as Antonio Masi, Mary Whyte, Don Rankin and Karol Wyckoff. And vintage masters such as Andrew Wyeth, Winslow Homer, William Turner, John Singer Sargent among others.” Sandy O’Connor was born in Hackensack, New Jersey not long after her parents emigrated from Great Britain. She spent her youth on a small farm where changing seasons and the freedom to explore nature inspired an affinity with the environment and a passion to create. Her work reflects years of study and practice as a landscape architect, graphic designer and art director. It is this combination of a naturalist’s eye and the discipline of a formal design education that shapes her realistic style as a devoted artist today. 

After several years of living and working as an artist and instructor on Cape Cod, MA, Seattle, WA, and Princeton, NJ, O’Connor moved to Lewisburg, PA in 2018 where her husband works as a professor at Bucknell University. She is the recipient of many national awards. In 2015 she was awarded the Silver Medal in the Northwest Watercolor Society’s 75th International Exhibition and became a juried Signature Member. She is a juried Artist Member of the Copley Society, the Hudson Valley Art Association and a Master Artist of the Cape Cod Art Association. She has been published in several issues of The Artist’s Magazine, American Artist and Watercolor Artist magazines and on their web sites as Artist of the Month. O’Connor’s work appears in several notable hard cover books including, "Splash 11", "Splash 12", "Splash 18" and "Splash Retrospective - 20 Years of Contemporary Watercolor Excellence". Published in 2013 by North Light Books, it is a beautiful hardbound showcase of the best in contemporary watercolors. O'Connor is a Copley Society of Art Visual Arts Fellow and completed a residency program at the Fine Art Works Center, Provincetown, MA, in the Fall of 2019. Her focus was climate change on Outer Cape Cod and documenting some of the most vulnerable landscapes within the Cape Cod National Seashore. A sample of original paintings and archival prints can be viewed and purchased on her web site at She can be contacted directly through her site or at

Selected Works