Mary Jo O'Gara

 Artist Statement/bio

Mary Jo O'Gara subjects include still life compositions , barns, and wide open landscapes inspired by her Midwest surroundings. She paints alla prima, completing her paintings in one session , capturing the light and harmonious color of her initial perceptions . Intentionally uncomplicated , her compositions offer a distinct sense of place and familiarity , reflecting the openness, harmony and space of her surroundings . Her love of the process of painting is evident in the texture and brushwork of her canvases . One can see the layers of paint and fields of color that have been pulled , scraped , built up and blended , yet the results are never overworked.