Erin O’Brien

Erin O’Brien

Fine Arts

Erin graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art, with emphases in drawing and painting. She was awarded her first solo exhibition in the Helen Lindhurst Fine Art Gallery, a competitive juried gallery space on the USC campus in Los Angeles. The exhibition, a series of oil portraits titled Faceless, ran through February of 2015. From January to October 2017, the exhibition was recreated, with the addition of a few newer oil works, at The Gallery at Grace in Costa Mesa. While she loves to experiment with different mediums, her true artistic passion lies in oil painting and graphite drawing, with a strong emphasis on realism and portraiture. Her work is influenced by painters likes Manet, Edward Hopper, and Michael Borremans. Her experience studying abroad in Florence, Italy, also continues to impact her work. It gave her a deeper understanding of its art historical context, and the profound importance of art as a reflection and influencer of culture. She sees her identity as both a follower of Jesus and an artist as an opportunity to reveal God’s beauty in a fresh way, and connect with believers and non-believers alike.

Erin currently resides in Huntington Beach. She is an active, life-long member of Grace Fellowship Church in Costa Mesa, where she has served in the children’s ministry, and currently serves as a singer on the worship team. Some of her other loves include art history, literature, live music, travel, cooking, and yoga.


B.A. Fine Art – University of Southern California

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