Karen O’Neil feels fortunate to have grown up in an artistic family. She learned a lot about painting light—her favorite subject—from her brother James, whom she tagged along after as a child. Besides studying at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and earning her bachelor of fine arts degree from Massachusetts College of Art + Design, O’Neil also studied under the late colorist Henry Hensche during the last summer he taught at the Cape Cod School of Art in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Hensche opened her eyes to the atmospheric effects of light on color. O’Neil has shown her work at numerous invitational and solo exhibitions. She and her husband, painter Peter Clapper, share studio space at home and teach part time on alternating schedules. O’Neil is a painting instructor at the Art Students League of New York Vytlacil Campus and Woodstock School of Art.
To read more about O’Neil see the July/August 2008 issue of The Artist’s Magazine. Here is some work that didn’t appear in the article.