Cecily O'Connor Art


Short Bio

The granddaughter of John Stanton, the well-known Bay-Area painter, O’Connor has always wanted to pursue an artistic career, but because fortune has a way of sending one on a different course than planned, she started to make art later in life. O’Connor received an AA in art from College of Marin and a BA in studio art from Sonoma State University, where she studied under Jay DeFeo. She has exhibited her work at juried shows, winning several awards. Her work is in a number of private collections.


I am inspired by my interest in folk art, cave paintings, and the surfaces of archaeological objects - time-worn, textured and unearthed from long ago. I use a variety of materials and tools to achieve the work's distinctive textural surface. Oil, cold wax, pen and pencil are my mediums. Each line and mark conveys an emotional component.


 O'Connor was born in San Jose, California and was raised in Fair Oaks, California. She was raised in a family that had a great artistic influence on her largely because of her grandfather, John Aloysius Stanton, a prominent Bay Area painter in the late 19th and early 20th centuries whose work is still in demand. She attended Sacramento City College and then married and raised 4 children while working for the government. Later she resumed her interest in art making and attended College of Marin which had many well known teachers, and then transferred to Sonoma State University where she gained a wealth of art information and was able to connect with and learn from Jay DeFeo for one and Inez Storer for another. She has been pursuing her art dream since then, but with some time off to deal with a major family tragedy and other unfortunate situations beyond her control. She has spent many years looking at art, talking about art, thinking about art, and making art. Her favorite all-time artist is Anselm Kiefer. Another favorite is Raymond Saunders.

Resume / CV

Cecily O'Connor




Marin MOCA website

Saatchi Art website




B.A. Sonoma State University (Painting and Drawing)

        Studied Under Jay DeFeo 

A.A. College of Marin, Kentfield CA (Art - Painting and Drawing)

A.A. College of Marin, Kentfield CA (Liberal Arts)



2023 Graton Gallery, Graton CA, Small Works (2 paintings)

2023 Marin MOCA “Altered Worlds”

2022  Las Laguna Art Gallery “Women Artists”

2022  Marin MOCA “ What is Art For”

2021  Artworks Downtown

2021  The Quest

2021  Graton Gallery Small Works, Curated

2021  The Villages at Hamilton

2021  Marin MOCA “Here and Now”

2020  Artworks Downtown, Small Works, Curated 

2020  The Villages at Hamilton, Group Show

2020  Marin Community Foundation, Curated  cont.

2019  Artworks Downtown Member Show

2019  Marin Community Foundation, Curated 

2019  Marin MOCA, “Open to Interpretation”

2018  Marin Civic Center, Group Show

2017  Artworks Downtown, Christmas Member Show

2017  Richmond Art Center, Group Show

2017  Marin MOCA, “Hidden”

2016  Marin MOCA, “Altered Books”

2016  Marin MOCA, “Layers”

2015  Artworks Downtown, Christmas Member Show

2015  Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, “Secrets”

2015  Artworks Downtown, “Fire and Water”

2015  Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, “Collaboration”

2015  Marin MOCA, “Metamorphosis”

2014  Marin MOCA, “Rising Tides/Shifting Boundaries”

2014  Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, “Motion/Emotion”

2013  Bay Model “Big is Beautiful”, Sausalito CA

2013  Rileystreet San Rafael

2013  Falkirk Spring Annual

2013  Upstream People Gallery - 

           15th Annual All Media Juried Online Int'l Art Exhibition

2012  Falkirk Silent Auction

2012  Falkirk Fall Annual

2012   14th Annual Faces Juried Online Int'l Art Exhibition

2011  Artworks Downtown Small Works Exhibit

2011  Marin County Civic Center (non juried)

2010  Artisans Art Gallery

2010  Marin County Civic Center (non juried)

2009  Marin County Civic Center (non juried)

2008  Marin County Civic Center (non juried)

Marin County Fair (4 yearly events 1980s and 1990s)

Marin Society of Artists (3 events 1980s and 1990s)

1984  Falkirk Annual

1982  Sonoma State University Gallery

1982  San Francisco Art Festival

1981  Sonoma State University Gallery

1981  Sonoma State University Gallery

1979  International Year of the Child (traveling exhibition)



2013  Community Media Center of Marin

2013  E Street Open Studio



Marin County Fair:

   l Best in Class

   2 Honorable Mentions

Marin County Fair:

   2 Merit Awards

Marin Society of Artists: 

   Northern California Open Annual 2nd Place

    1 Merit Award

Falkirk Annual:

    1 Honorable Mention

Artisans Art Gallery:

    1 Notable Mention

14th Annual Faces Juried Online Int'l Exhibition:

     Special Recognition

Marin MOCA, “Motion/Emotion”

     Honorable Mention

Marin MOCA “Rising Tides - Shifting Boundaries:

     Second Place

Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, “Altered Books”

     Honorable Mention

Marin MOCA, "What Is Art For"

     Second Place

Marin MOCA , "Altered Worlds"

     Third Place