Artist's Statement: I use classical oil painting techniques in my landscape and still life paintings. I particularly enjoy and am inspired by almost anything “old”, especially when it retains its original function. This appreciation leads me to paint landscapes containing aged but enduring buildings and gardens, and my still lives often contain old, but functional, kitchen and garden items warmed by their acquired patinas from years of use. Although using new and contemporary frames for my work is always an option, a special joy for me is to develop paintings designed to fit into thoughtfully complementary antique frames. I seek out these frames in unusual places-shops, barns, and attics-and restore them as needed so that in their new lives they can be used for their original purpose and admired for their beauty and longevity.
All of the paintings are originals, meaning that they are are based on original ideas from my own experiences and photographs, and are not copies of published material. They are the original hand-painted canvas or board, and are not printed reproductions of my original.
Commissions (custom oil paintings) are a welcome part of my work as they uniquely capture your own ideas and memories. If you have ideas or photos that you would like to bring to life in a painting, see the "Commissions" page for information and examples. I would be delighted to talk to you about your project and to quote a price and time frame.
Artist's Bio: Ona developed her interest and skills in the visual arts through private instruction with nationally recognized artists who themselves paint in realistic styles using the techniques of the Old Masters. She is a member of and participates in exhibits at the Carroll County (Maryland) and Howard County (Maryland) Arts Councils and has exhibited at juried shows at the Laurel Art Guild (Maryland) and Howard County Arts Council. She maintains Hogpen Art Studio (in the restored, weatherized, and comfortable hogpen below) on a former dairy farm dating from the 1880s. She lives in Carroll County in central Maryland, where the surroundings inspire many of her paintings.