Tessa Greene O’Brien was born in mid-coast Maine in 1982, and returned to Maine in 2004, after spending time in Vermont, Oregon, and upstate New York. She graduated from Skidmore College with a B.S. in Fine Art, and recently received her MFA from Maine College of Art. O’Brien and her husband, artist Will Sears, manage a studio collective called Base Camp Studios, and co-founded the Portland Mural Initiative, a public art project pairing contemporary painters with wall painting opportunities around the state.