Oralie was born in Peterborough, ON, and grew up in Alderville First Nation just an hour East of Toronto. Oralie has always been interested in art since a young age; heavily influenced, encouraged and supported by her rich Native American culture. Since young, she would enter every art contest, rock all her visual presentations in school, ace all her art classes, and win local art awards. She would start drawing portraits at age 12 and even start drawing on walls with her mom’s Yves Saint Laurent lipstick at age 2. Although Oralie has been dabbling in art her whole life, she always told herself not to make a career of it because we all heard time and again “Artists Don’t Make Money”, "Art industry is too competitive", which were phrases always hammered into her belief. So, after graduating high school, Oralie moved to Fort McMurray Alberta to pursue a business career in 2009. So ambitious in a booming blue-collar city, she forgot all about art and sadly didn’t pick up a paint brush or charcoal for the following 10 years.
Now, Oralie is a successful tattoo artist, art instructor, painter, and creates custom commissions for clients that include but are not limited to portraits, logos, signs, and murals upon request. Oralie moved back to Ontario permanently when Covid-19 hit early 2020 and will be continuing to tattoo/guest spot in Alberta at Obsidian Rose Tattoo where she started her tattoo apprenticeship May 2018 mentored by multi award-winning artist Tim Ashman. Oralie also has over 300 local and private paint parties under her belt which makes her a seasoned art instructor in Ontario and Alberta. Oralie registered OG Art in 2017 to have her growing acquired skills as services under one roof including group painting events, smaller art lessons for acrylic and drawing, custom artwork commissions, and of course her calling, Tattooing.
OG Art has since been a part of many volunteer and commissioned work for local communities and organizations where she has solely provided artistic projects and events for the Dr. Giggles House of Pain, Chestermere, AB - Haunted house providing walk through displays in 2019; Cobourg Chemo Clinic, Cobourg, ON - over $8000.00 was raised for the Cancer clinic in 2018; Awareness of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW)- a painting event for Alderville First Nation 2017; and a Christmas fundraising event for the Calgary Board of Education in 2019.
Annual Woman's Gala - Alderville First Nation, ON
Engel & Volker's Real Estate - Calgary, AB
First People's House of Learning, Trenton University - Peterborough, ON
She loves new projects, challenges, and implementing new ideas derived from her influences, and experiences which leaves her in a unbearably beautiful race with herself to explore all the different ways she can display them.
Oralie George is a self-taught artist, and received her Business Management Diploma in Fort McMurray, 2013. She had applied her business and artistic skills to create OG Art in April 2017 in Ontario, and to carry out her operation in both Ontario and Alberta and is looking forward to making OG Art an artistic outlet that everyone can go to and enjoy as well.
Oralie has a lasting bold style complimented with soft realism blends. She tends to combine “opposing” flairs like this in a lot of her pieces, forces them together beautifully to give each element in a single piece their own identity making the design easy to classify from a distance and allows the eye to easily travel and look at each element on their own stage. Oralie believes this gives the viewer a lot more to look at and prevents the piece from getting “Muddied” together. Oralie uses a lot of monochromatic black and grey but includes thick opaque pigmentated tones to give certain elements a 3-Dimensional pop. Although she gravitates towards black and grey, she will use colour in contrast to allow both Black & Grey and Colour to make their own statement in one piece. When Oralie uses colour, she will use a lot of it to create as much respective realistic value to her piece.