After Graduating from Montserrat College of Art in 2015 with the Graduation Award in Illustration, Maura O'Connor relocated from her origins in the Hudson Valley region of NY to the North Shore of MA to pursue her art career. Since then she has has the opportunity to work on various illustration projects, mostly notably with The Musical Company (NYC) and The Boston Globe (MA). In 2018 her first children's book, "Nonna What is St. Peter's Fiesta", written by Laura Ventimiglia, was published to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the St. Peter's Fiesta in Gloucester MA.

Working with Watercolor and Ink (though, she really does like to experiment with everything), Maura enjoys the challenge of focusing on color, light, and natural elements in her painting. Her work is strongly influenced by folk music, mythology, a childhood of pulling weeds in her fathers vegetable garden and summers spent picking tomatoes on her brothers farm in Hamilton, New York.

She currently lives in Beverly, Massachusetts with her loving fiance Kyle, and in her spare time enjoys playing bad covers of songs on her Mandolin while sampling Irish Whisky.

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­Illustration / Design

o   "Andrew Lloyd Webber Coloring Book: The Musical Company" Black & White Illustrations, New York, NY 2017

o   “The Boston Globe: HUBweek” Conceptual Design, Boston MA 2017

o   “The Musical Company” Andrew Lloyd Webber Coloring Book, New York, NY 2017

o   “Nonna, What is St. Peter’s Fiesta?” Childrens Book Illustrations, Gloucester MA 2017

o   “The Barrelman” Restaurant Logo Design and Menu Design, Marblehead MA 2017

o   “Jolie Tea Company” Promotional Images, Salem MA, 2016

o   “Bowerbird Garden” Logo Design, Philadelphia PA, 2016

o   “Holidays In Salem” Architectural Renderings, Salem MA 2015, 2016

o   “Kindling” Album Design and Illustration for band Rabbit in the Rye, Hamilton NY 2016

 

Exhibitions

o   "Marblehead Festival of the Arts, Vendors Market" Marblehead MA, 2017

o   “New Paintings by Maura O’Connor” Atomic Café, Beverly MA, 2017

o   “222 Holiday Art Market”, 222 Cabot Street, Beverly MA 2016

o   “Harbor Home Design” Rockport MA, 2016

o   “Beverly Arts Festival” Beverly MA, 2016

o   Eat More Art 4: Small Works Show” Pinecone and Chickadee, Portsmouth NH, 2016

o   “Small Motors: Real Fans, Replicas, and Robots… Pop-up Show” Gallery Kayafas, Boston MA, 2016

o   “Hive: A Small Works Show” Mingo Gallery, Beverly MA, 2016

o   Head Trip, A Montserrat College of Art Senior Thesis Exhibition, 301 Gallery, Beverly MA 2015

o   The Typewriter Project, Beverly Public Library, Beverly MA 2015

o   Artrageous! 29, Montserrat College of Art Annual Art Auction, Danvers MA, 2015

o   Annual Viterbo Exhibition, Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery, Beverly MA 2015

o   Artrageous! 28, Montserrat College of Art Annual Art Auction, Live Mural Painting, 2014

o   Annual Illustration Theme Show, Montserrat College of Art, 301 Gallery, 2014, 2015

o   Montserrat Open House, Montserrat Gallery, Beverly MA, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015