Deborah Kays O'Connor, a Warren Area High School class of 1972 alumna, grew up on Warren's West End, and attended McClintock elementary school where she remembers becoming the youngest member of the Warren Art League at age 11.
She grew up to be a painter and shared some of her work and comments with Allegheny Almanac:
Oil on canvas, album cover for a Western PA rhythm & blues band by Deborah Kays O'Connor. The album has its launch party this Saturday. You can see more about Miss Melanie & the Valley Rats at this link.
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Though she claims, "I never went to school for art," O'Connor continued her creative passion through high school. "I fell in love with oils," she says.
"I just always did artwork. In high school I had Art V when there were really only 3 but I took it so much they made up classes for me."
Gorwing up in Warren holds fond memories for this current resident of Pleasant Gap, PA (just outside of State College) "I always had teachers that encouraged me from grade school, Mr. Hill, on to Mr Schultz in high school, my favorite teacher of all time."
All images are Copyright 2014 by Deborah O'Connor and may not be reproduced, in part or in whole, or re-used as an altered graphic, without the express permission of the artist.