Mary Jo O'Gara


Mary Jo O'Gara is on the faculty of the North Shore Art League in Winnetka, Illinois, where she teaches oil and gouache painting classes. She has received awards for her work at the Barnsite Art Studio, Kewaunee, Wisconsin, and at Art on the Plaza, Wilmette, Illinois. Her paintings of barns and vases of flowers are radiant and sunlit; the simplicity of her subjects mirroring the simplicity of her compositions.  At the same time, the surface of her paintings is lively and varied. She writes, “Freshness and spontaneity are very important in the painting process. These are qualities I am constantly seeking.”