Phelan McConaha's work can be categorized with American Abstract Expressionism and is influenced by Modern masters of color, from Monet to Albers. Her paintings have been exhibited in numerous exhibitions across the United States. She received her Fine Arts Degree in Art History from the University of Illinois in Urbana, Champaign in 2005.
The artist writes: "My paintings are derivative of landscapes. While they qualify as Abstract Expressionist works, they are created with an intention to document a landscape, whether it be emotional or physical. Each painting contains the essence of places visited or felt. As a painter based in Los Angeles, the city bares a presence in my paintings. Rich colors and abstract shapes coalesce into an overall harmony, which are reminiscent of rip currents, mountains, city lights, and reflections afloat in tide pools."