Erin O'Connor
Background Painter

Background painter looking to work in the animation industry. Creative, personable, and adept at working to deadlines. Highly organized, self-motivated, and proficient with photoshop.

Skills
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe InDesign
Adobe Illustrator
Painting
Microsoft Office
Photo editing
Blender
SketchUp
Maya
Nuke
Matte Painting
3D Modelling
Teaching
Communication
Education
Stony Brook University
Aug. 2013 to May 2017
B.S. Biology
Summa cum laude | GPA 3.93
University of Sussex, United Kingdom
Sept. 2016 to Dec. 2016
Study abroad
Experience
Xalter
Virtual
Visual Development Artist
June 2022 to July 2022
  • Provided Visual Development for an unannounced film, including but not limited to color/lighting keys, environment design, and paint. 
Academy @ the Focus
Virtual
Student
Sept. 2021 to Nov. 2021

  • Attended classes with professional matte painters. 
  • Utilized Photoshop, Nuke, and Maya to create matte paintings, and a projected matte painting. 

Children's Media Association
Remote
Mentee
July 2021 to Dec. 2021

  • This mentorship program is dedicated to further helping members lead, innovate, and shape the future of children’s media. 

Women In Animation
Remote
Mentee Apprenticeship
Apr. 2021 to Aug. 2021

  • Participated in the WIA mentorship program: Matte Painting & Background Art in the Entertainment Industry with Alyssa Zarate.

Quogue Library
90 Quogue Street, Quogue, NY 11959
Website Manager and Graphic Designer
May 2021 to Nov. 2021

  • Conceptualized visuals based on scheduled programs and events.
  • Incorporated critiques and feedback into designs to create an end product that was on-brand.
  • Sent e-blasts to keep patrons up to date with library events.
  • Managed website and social media content.

Brookhaven National Laboratory
Upton, NY
Science Educator
Sept. 2018 to June 2021

  • Teach elementary through high school students science lessons that were discovery-based and hands-on.
  • Create well-designed, engaging presentations to convey information to students.
  • Updated lessons to be virtual, but still hands-on for remote teaching during the pandemic.

Brookhaven National Laboratory
Upton, NY
Remote Sensing Intern
Aug. 2017 to Aug. 2018
  • Summer 2018: Mapped vegetation composition in tropical rainforests using satellite data. Managed database of satellite imagery.
  • Spring 2018: Researched plant physiology and spectral response to drought.
  • Fall 2017: Researched eDNA. Won poster presentation award at the Early Career Research Symposium at Brookhaven National Lab.

Volunteering
Insert Studios · Visual Development & Background Painter
Feb. 2022 to Current

  • Work closely with production staff to create designs that determine the production's mood, style, and color palette. 
  • Present designs and incorporate feedback from teammates to create quality work for productions.
Warrior Art Camp · Camp Helper
Mar. 2022 to Current

  • Send email and discord notifications throughout the course period.
  • Manage Warrior Art Camp Zoom session including recording session, moderating, and guiding file sharing. 
  • Assist and engage students and instructors by scheduling discord events, resolving technical issues, and responding to students in discord. 
  • Organize Community events including a Graphic Novel Book Club and Mapcrunch painting sessions.

Women in Animation · Volunteer Graphic Designer
Mar. 2021 to June 2021

  • Create content for social media that is in line with WIA's core value of increasing diversity in the animation industry. 
  • Utilize Airtable and slack to communicate with WIA members and fellow volunteers.