O’Brien’s expertise and professionalism have led to her creating murals and props for organizations such as CBS Studios, the Moorpark Melodrama Theater, Alliance Church, and the Simi Valley Women’s Club. The artist also expressed a desire and passion to teach her methods of faux finishes. When asked what exactly faux finish was O’Brien proudly proclaimed that it “Brings your walls to life”! O’Brien then gave me a huge smile and handed me some photos of hallways and kitchens, they were very beautiful. I was wondering why I was looking at tile and granite designs, it did however awaken my inner Bob Villa. O’Brien and Betty then pointed out that what I was looking at was not granite or tile, but the faux finishes that O’Brien excels at.
Erin O’Brien describes her art as “powerful and inspiring, designed to reach the souls of all who gaze upon her work”. As our time together came to an end, O’Brien reiterated that though she “creates different and original pieces of art, what pleases her most is the looks of overwhelming astonishment from the viewers faces of her finished products”. Before I left, I asked if there was a message that she wanted to get out, she proclaimed once again with her motto, “Bring your walls to life”! My visit with Erin O’Brien and Betty definitely left me hopeful and wanting more. During these hard economic times, I believe O’Brien’s work enlightens our dark age the way Raphael and Michelangelo enlightened theirs.