Born St. Andrews, O’Donnell is an award-winning Scottish painter currently working on the series, 'Surface Work'. She studied Drawing and Painting at the prestigious Edinburgh College of Art and went on to obtain a Masters in Contemporary European Fine Art in Barcelona . After 18 years of professional practice in Northern Norway, she now has her studios in Andalucia and Fife, Scotland.
The subject of her work is the process of making it, inextricably linked to the concepts and actions of limitation, restriction and repetition. O'Donnell limits her materials to ivory black pigment, graphite, and charcoal, using cold wax and oil as binders on paper. Her work has been exhibited worldwide and collected by such as The Scottish Office, North Norwegian Museum of Art and private collectors. Recent exhibitions include FAB 2020 Contemprary Art Festival, with Outside The Form and UFOFABRIK, Italy, as a finalist in The Verona Art Prize. This year she has been interviewed in contemporary art magazines, ART Habens Review, Reset Fine Art and Art Reveal Magazine. Her work will be shown with Rossacinabro Gallery Rome in Autumn 2020 and she has been invited to the XIIIth Florence Biennale in 2021. Parallel with her own art practice O’Donnell is a curator and from 2012-16 was Director of the Gallery of Northern Norway, collaborating with the National Museum of Art in Oslo, curating and exhibiting work by Paul McCarthy, Norway 10 Designers and established international and emerging artists.