"Animals are great fun to paint, people are interesting, and infusing inanimate objects with life is a wonderful challenge."

                                             -- Jo Ann O'Rear

Jo Ann O'Rear, Artist

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Painting with my fingers as much as possible is paramount to me.  The technique allows me to put my utomost emotions into the painting when they touch the canvas, and the result is a painting with more personality.  The greater personality of the work, the more the viewer feels the passion I felt when I painted it.  My work is considered to be abstract  realism, but I prefer to call it emotionalsim realism.  ... Based in Park Slope, Brooklyn, I have spent many years devoting my life to creative writing before giving painting a chance.  While I finish a memoir about my family and a novel of social criticism about a wealthy Manhattan socilaite's complex relationship with her husband and daughter, I am launching a painting career with the aim of doing both fine art and whimsical work. 

Exhibts Include:

Solo Art Show, Fall for Art Festival, Millerton, New York, 2011, Participated in Several Collaborative Art Shows with the 14th Colony Arts Collective, Millerton, New York, 2011-2012, 40 Cows for Peace Public Art Show, Lakeville, CT, 2011, Animals in the Country, Gilded Moon Gallery, Millerton, New York, 2012, Animals Galore and a Tree, Albero dei Gelati, Park Slope, Brooklyn, 2015.