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 received her MFA from Maine College of Art. In addition to her studio practice, O’Brien has worked in arts administration and public art, managing the painting department of the visual design team at major music festivals for over 10 years. Following this, O'Brien went on to co-found the Portland Mural Initiative with partner Will Sears in 2015, which curated, funded, and oversaw the execution of 7 murals around southern Maine between 2015 and 2017. She currently co-owns a mural & sign painting company called Better Letter Hand Painted Signs.