Maureen O’Neill’s career has involved being a Police Officer, Correctional Officer, Addiction Counsellor, Supply Teacher, and Case Manager for Social Development.
Mrs. O’Neill born and raised in Saint John, has 7 brothers, 3 sisters with 23 nephews and nieces. She has a love for many passions; Golf with two Provincials under her belt, is a runner who has completed a half-marathon in 2010 and her first Full Marathon in the year of 2011 (at the Age of 50). She discovered her hidden talent only six years ago. Since then, Maureen hasn’t been able to put the paint brush down and strives on teaching her techniques to her students. Her love of Art is Abstract (self-taught), because there are no mistakes. She is the original Sip & Paint of Saint John and loves to build her own custom frames.
O’Neill states: “Believe in yourself, have determination and never ever give up. My father used to tell me “go and make all kinds of mistakes”. I asked why? He said cause this is how you learn. Many years later I understand my father’s words . For me I believe everything happens for a reason and if you follow this reason it leads to what is supposed to be. When I’m painting sometimes the best art comes from not knowing; meaning most of my paintings are created by just following my intuition – let it happen.”
Maureen’s message is Talents that are not shared are not Talents, therefore I’m known as Shared Talents.