Award winning artist Oenone Hammersley specializes in painting rainforests and wildlife. She has been exhibiting regularly since 1980, with shows in U.S.A, U.K, Europe, Africa and Australia. Oenone spent three years living in Tanzania, where she painted traditional wildlife scenes. In Greece she used Greek Mythological figures to illustrate her paintings. She spent two years living in Australia and traveled to Papua New Guinea to paint the birds of paradise for her collection of paintings, ‘the Birds and Frogs of Australia and PNG’. Oenone works both in oil on canvas and watercolour & gouache on paper.
Clearly influenced by the work and colour of Gauguin, Matisse and Rousseau, Oenone has created her own distinctive style. Oenone’s wildlife paintings embrace the vivid colours of the infinitely varied species of bird life, exotic frogs and wild animals of the world. Many of her paintings are in watercolour and gouache on paper, with which Oenone achieves her greatest detail. Feathers look so real you think you could stroke the birds, and frogs seem to be about to leap out of the paintings.
Since returning to the United States, Oenone has been working on a collection of semi-abstract oils on canvas. These paintings are unique in style and retain the intense colour of her previous work. The foregrounds of the paintings are intensely realistic, gradually becoming abstracted towards the background. Oenone has been given an Award of Excellence for this collection by the Arts Club of Washington, and she was awarded second place at the Coral Springs Museum of Art in Florida by the National Association of Women Artists.
Deriving inspiration from her extensive expeditions to Southeast Asia, India, Africa and Latin America, she is committed to furthering the cause of conservation through her work and involvement with organizations such as the World Land Trust and Fauna and Flora International. She raises funds for conservation by donating a percentage of the proceeds from the sales of her work, and frequently accepts commissions on request.
In 2009 Oenone launched her collection of limited edition silk scarves, and has been working with Montage Fine Art Publishing Company who make her original paintings available as prints on paper and canvas.
Oenone was born and educated in England. She studied theater design and printmaking in London. She is married and is currently living in Alexandria Virginia.
Museum and Private acquisitions of Oenone’s work include The Shell Museum on Crete and private collections of the Guggenheim families and H.R.H Princess Fatima Bint Mubarak Al Ketbi of Abu Dhabi U.A.E.
Oenone is a fellow of The Royal Geographical Society, and a member of the National Association of Women Artists.