Maureen O'Connor has been called a "masterful painter of our favorite things" by Randi Hopkins of the Boston Phoenix, the former Assistant Curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
She has been painting and exhibiting in the Boston area since graduating from Massachusetts College of Art in 1981, where she studied with landscape painter, George Nick. She also studied with Jason Berger, painter and founder of the Direct Vision movement in Boston. Her work carries on the tradition of direct observation passed on by these two distinguished teachers.
In her recent work, O'Connor takes as a subject matter, unusual, sometimes quirky objects often called "tchotskes" in Russian, as well as cookies and candy, combining them with her continued interests in lemons. The ducks series is known for it anthropomorphic quality and has been compared to the Japanese artist Takashi Murakami.
Her work is in the collections of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Fidelity Investments, Boston Public Library, Biogen, Cellular One, and Very Fine Juices. Many distinguished Boston law firms own works by O'Connor including Hale and Dorr, Seyfarth Shaw, and Goodwin and Procter of Boston and New York.
She is in the private collections of Bruce Dayton, owner of Target and a great benefactor of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Mrs Bradford Standish, trustee of the Museum of Fine Arts, and Sydney Roberts Rockefeller.