O'Connor notes: "I think I am initially always drawn to strong abstract work when visiting shows or museums. As a painter, abstraction becomes pure pleasure. It is like looking at the world with all the superfluity stripped away and all that's left is the moving construction of things. That is always going to hold my attention. Even the best of subjects can become tiresome, but good abstraction is always going to be fresh. Of course, I'm always going to be attracted to and on the lookout for great representational painting. But I think that comes from a certain wanton desire to know how to do it better, because I know that I always want it to be part of my own work in some capacity."
Edited by artist Brett Baker, Painters' Table highlights writing from the painting blogosphere as it is published and serves as a platform for exploring blogs that focus primarily on the subject of painting.