At the age of 18, he decided to leave South Africa and go to the US to attend college on a golf scholarship. A year later, fueled by his prevailing love for art, Conor decided to drop his golf clubs for a paintbrush. He moved to New York to attend the Pratt School of Art Design, but soon chose to abandon this new path to instead try to directly live and work as an artist. It was easier said than done; scraping together only a meagre living, Conor started selling his work in the streets of New York’s Union Square Park. There, in order to secure his spot for the busy Saturdays, he was often forced to spend the night outside. Times were hard – “sometimes I would not make a sale, or I would make a $10 sale or a $50 sale; I used to get so despondent and sad” but learning the hard way shaped Conor’s mindset forever. Pushed by nothing but his entrepreneurial drive, Conor relied on his business savvy to get him known in New York’s art-scene. Only a year after he had fully dedicated himself fully to art, his proactive style presented him with a chance encounter that ultimately lead him to become the youngest artist ever to display a solo exhibition at the prestigious National Arts Club. After that successful exhibition, Conor’s career took off. His work has since been admired and displayed in galleries and collectors homes all across the globe. Some of Mccreedy's pieces have sold for more than $100'000. These are record prices for artists under the age of 30. In the last few years, his unique art has become characterized by an almost exclusive use of a particular blue pigment know as the 'Mccreedy Blue'.
Today, Conor continues to work in the art world and lives between South Africa, The Big Apple and Europe. Besides art, he is devoted to supporting people through several charities and is an international ambassador for the The Ubuntu Educational Fund and Faces of Hope Foundation. Conor’s heart still beats in Africa; he is an active conservationist, owns a lion named Mohlatsi, and recently founded P.A.L. – an organization that aims to protect African lions from extinction.