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|Conchita O’Kane grew up in Chicago in a creative environment nurtured by her mother, an accomplished artist who studied with the renowned Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros, and her father, who pioneered the computer industry.
With degrees in English and Russian literature, O’Kane found a unique way of expressing beauty in both the literary and visual arts. After a successful career as a jewelry designer and writer, she decided in 1997 to explore the possibility of integrating these careers through painting. This idea became a reality as she learned the skills necessary to illustrate her short stories. She studied at ArtCenter College of Design.
O’Kane is inspired by the compositional strength found in the works of the Russian Impressionists Ilya Repin and Valentin Serov. In 2003, O’Kane traveled to Russia to paint and study the Russian masters in person. She has also painted en plein air in France, Russia, Italy, Africa, Scotland, Mexico, and most recently, China and Mongolia. In the course of visiting distant lands, she has discovered that there is a unifying, invisible language that connects all countries and peoples, a language that exists through artistic expression, those echoing humanity through art.
O’Kane has exhibited at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, the Pasadena Showcase House of Design, and the Old Mill Gallery in San Marino. She is also the creator and teacher of the “Healing Magic Through Art” workshops at the Wellness Community in Pasadena.