After returning to the United States in 2008, Oenone began working on a collection
of semi-abstract oils on canvas. These award-winning paintings are unique
In style and retain the intense colour of her previous work. The focus of her paintings is
our natural resources in particular water, trees, and wind. Her recent water paintings are visually stunning and capture intangible moments in time and space. Water in all its
depths, complexity and purity is gracefully and elegantly orchestrated.
Deriving inspiration from her extensive travels on expeditions to Southeast Asia, India,
Africa and Latin America, Oenone is committed to furthering the cause of conservation
through her work and involvement with organizations such as The World Land Trust
and Fauna and Flora International.
Oenone Hammersley previously specialized in painting rainforest wildlife, exhibiting regularly since 1980, with shows in the USA, Europe, Australia and Africa. Oenone spent
three years living in Tanzania painting African wildlife. In Greece she used Greek mythological figures to illustrate her paintings, working both in oil on canvas and
watercolour and gouache on paper. She spent two years living in Australia and traveled
to Papua New Guinea to paint the birds and frogs of Australia and PNG.
Museum and private acquisitions of Oenone’s work include the Shell Museum on
Crete, the private collection of the Guggenheim families and HRH Princess Fatima Bint
Mubarak of the UAE.
Oenone Hammersley was born in England in 1957 and studied Theatre Design at
Wimbledon College of Art, followed by printmaking at the City Literary Institute.
She is a member of Artists for Conservation, the National Association of Women Artists
and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Oenone is married and lives in Virginia, U.S.A.
Colour and light are used to emphasize a vanishing world of wildlife and wilderness that implores one to take notice, appreciate the rare and raw beauty about us, and allow our imagination to roam about the abstract compositions symbolizing the unsettled and unsettling world in which man alters nature.