“Sonoran Skyrise” by Jennifer O’Cualain

“Sonoran Skyrise”

47 x 72 in.


In the summer of 2005, Jennifer O’Cualain set out to reinvent herself. By combining years of experience as a professional portrait artist and her love of animals, Jennifer became a wildlife artist.  Today she is known as one of the preeminent wildlife artists in the country.

“I enjoy painting ‘portraits’ of animals. It’s amazing how truly unique each creature is… how each has its own personality, just as we do. I am also a bit of an anthropomorphist. I love to create scenes in which my animals are experiencing human emotions. In, ‘Sonoran Skyrise,’ the Saguaro symbolizes a city Skyrise and the birds represent the many unique residents, all of whom thrive in the abundant Sonoran environment.”

Jennifer has earned numerous distinctions including the 2010 Oil Painters of America ‘Animals’ Award of Excellence as well as a cash scholarship offered only once by critically acclaimed painter, James Reynolds, CAA. Jennifer’s works are in collections throughout the U.S. Sizes range from 6 x 6 animal portraits to large scale such as the 47 x 72 seen here.  O’Cualian frequently collaborates with fellow wildlife artist, sculptor Paul Rhymer. Jennifer currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

Jennifer’s work can be seen at the Celebration of Fine Art in Scottsdale, AZ January 14–March 26, 2017. The Celebration of Fine Art is a unique art experience which gives visitors the opportunity to watch 100 artists in their working under one roof. Open daily from 10 am–6 pm. Visitors enjoy strolling through the 100 artist studios under the 40,000 square foot exhibit tent. Artists are on-site creating, allowing for the visitor to watch them at work, discover what inspires them and the techniques used to create the works of art. Come to Scottsdale to see more of Jennifer’s works in person and discover the stories behind each unique work of art.



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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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