Tessa G. O’Brien MFA ’16
Tessa Greene O’Brien is a Maine-based artist with a multi-faceted painting practice, working in a variety of mediums and scales that range from architectural exterior murals to postcard-sized watercolor painting. She is perpetually interested in the possibilities of paint, and a lifelong student of art history. O’Brien paints moments of her life from memory & from observation as loose colors-capes, always turning an eye towards light and shadow. O’Brien has shown through the United States, including solo exhibitions at Dowling Walsh Gallery and Elizabeth Moss Galleries, and has attended residencies at Surf Point Foundation, the Tides Institute, Monson Arts, Open Studio Residency at Haystack, Hewnoaks, Vermont Studio Center, Joseph A Fiore Art Center, and the Stephen Pace House residency. Her practice has received support through grants including the St Boltophs Emerging Artist Grant, Ellis Beauregaurd Travel Grant, Maine Arts Commissions Project Grant, The Joseph A. Fiore Painting Prize, Kindling Fund Grant through SPACE Gallery, and a Professional Development Grant through Maine College of Art. She is a co-director of Able Baker Contemporary Gallery, and lives in South Portland, ME.