Vicki O’Neill is a native New Yorker who grew up drawing and painting imaginative pictures of castles, flowers, animals, and people in tempera and watercolor. She grew up surrounded by art and inspired by works in Museums by Cezanne, Matisse, Van Gogh, Rubens. ONeill graduated from high school where she specialized in painting in oils and watercolors. For three years while still in high school, she was the assistant arts and crafts director for the summer playground program.
O’Neill was a SUNY New Paltz art major, she travelled extensively through Europe on an art journey, and raised a family in the Hudson Valley. She studied oils at Bethlehem Art Gallery with Paul Gould and his father John Gould. Eventually she discovered acrylics and began doing more mature works.
She has been attending a senior program for years at Wallkill River School and working with Louise McCutcheon. In this program, O’Neill found a community of wonderful, supportive people, artists, and teachers. The atmosphere is encouraging and she was finally able to call myself an “artist” instead of just saying, “I paint pictures.” Attending class every week means having to paint regularly. And with suggestions and help from Louise and others in the class, her paintings have improved. She now leads the drop-in, and senior artist that everyone turns to for advice.
O’Neill has begun to sell her pet portraits, house portraits, and plein air works Sometimes right off the easel like in Acadia, Maine. She is now a full time artist.