Pat O’Hara

i. I work as an

ii. I do this creative work because:
It’s a game of challenge, chance and obsession. I wouldn’t want to do anything else.

iii. Personal qualities that help me in my work are:
Recognizing and taking advantage of mistakes. I problem solve through intense colours and form.


iv. The greatest challenges around doing this work are:
To achieve spontaneity without overworking the composition.

v. Creative childhood hobbies:
Drawing and painting. I remember when I was three or four years old and having a special table for drawing. I drew every day with pencil and colour.

vi.Other creators who inspire you:
Gordon Smith. He was my instructor in the late seventies at UBC and continues to inspire me. Also Gordon Rayner. I had him as an instructor and remember watching him paint directly out of the tube. Jack Shadbolt and Don Jarvis are also big influences.

vii. Training that has helped me in this career:
I studied at the Instituto of San Miguel in 1974. I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr in 1980.

viii. A common trap that can hurt people in this career:
Not making it your obsession.

ix. Some proud career moments:
Being accepted as an artist at the Bau-Xi. Jack Shadbolt saw my ‘Fan Cycle’ series and recommended that the gallery take me on.


x. If you want to work in my field, I suggest that you:
Work hard.

xi. A professional goal I have for the future:
Fame and fortune.

xii. If you want to see my work, go to:

O’Hara @ Bau-Xi

Pat O’Hara | Gestures
September 14-28, 2019
3045 Granville Street, Vancouver

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