Desmond O'Hagan

Mastrius Master Artist


Known for his loose, luminescent painting style and bold, confident strokes, Mastrius master DESMOND O’HAGAN instills the same skill and spirit in the artists he mentors.

A fine artist from Denver, CO, Desmond has been professionally painting for over 30 years. He is inspired by that which made him famous—capturing the incredible effects of light. Whether painting in studio or en plein air, Bold and direct is what I always try to achieve in my pastels and oils. My painting technique is to lay the colors down in a way that is confident and expressive; no overworking.”

Artwork by Desmon O'Hagan

 “A truly good piece of art must have that spark that makes a viewer return for a second or third look, and that spark is what I strive for in each and every painting.” Desmond’s “spark” has earned him Eminent Pastelist status by the International Association of Pastel Societies, induction into the Art Institute of Colorado’s Hall of Fame, and listing among the Who’s Who in American Art.

Artwork by Desmon O'Hagan
Artwork by Desmon O'Hagan

Desmond’s interesting edges and command of color mean he has long been considered one of the world’s leading urbanscape artists. He has amassed many major awards, including Southwest Art magazine’s Award of Excellence, and been invited to exhibit across the US, including at the NYC’s Salmugundi Club, as well as in Japan, China, Canada, and France.



Artwork by Desmon O'Hagan
As a teacher, Desmond seeks for upcoming artists what he has created for himself: “a fulfilling career in fine art by being true to what excites you to paint.” 

I enjoy helping people achieve their painting goals. I think it’s important for them to receive accurate answers to their questions.” And while offering those answers to upcoming artists, Desmond also nurtures in them a desire to push beyond conventional views and develop an eye for something unique.

Be mentored monthly by Desmond in UPLIFTING creative community!

Author: Mastrius
Date: May 26, 2022

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