Bridget O'Rourke was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. She received her BFA from Moravian College and her MFA from Parsons:The New School for Design. She had the opportunity to complete a residency at Vermont Studio Center located in Johnson, Vermont. In addition to being a professional artist, she currently works for The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a non-profit organization founded by Paul Newman, as a Hospital Outreach Specialist providing seriously and terminally ill children with "a different kind of healing" through painting and activities throughout children's hospitals.
The artists whom I admire most, Willem de Kooning, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Philip Guston, Joan Mitchell, Helen Frankenthaler, all have played a significant role in my development as an artist. These artists worked fearlessly. Painting was their redemption against hardship. Painting was as a reminder that, despite all of the ugliness, there was still something beautiful left in this world.
Painting has given them a sense of joy. As important as my influences are, I know I must be true to myself in my work. Once I allow this happen, the work just flows. Philip Guston once said, "When you're in the studio painting, there are a lot of people in there with you - your teachers, friends, painters from history, critics... and one by one if you're really painting, they walk out. And if you're really painting YOU walk out." So, now, I am really painting, and everyone is in there with me. It is wonderful feeling and it is something that I never want to let go. Painting is my happiness.