Robert J. O'Brien
Robert J. O’Brien is a national award winning watercolor artist, who has resided in Vermont since 1977. He has been painting in the watercolor medium for over 40 years, and focuses his work on landscape, floral and architectural studies.
A testimony to his national status as a watercolor artist is his signature membership in the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, New England Watercolor Society, and the Academic Artists Association.
Already in 2013, his work has won 6 awards. Among them is the Best Floral in the 81st Hudson Valley Art Association Exhibition in Lyme, CT., and Best of Show in the Green Mountain Watercolor Exhibition. In 2012 his work appeared in four major national and international shows receiving a Gold Medal in the New England Watercolor Society’s Signature Members Exhibition in Boston.
Robert’s paintings are noted for the play of light and shadow. “One of my main objectives in watercolor painting is to create light through the use of shadow. In painting ordinary images, I find a fascinating interplay between the two. The transparency of the medium helps in bringing shadows alive while allowing the light to glow,” he says.
His approach to watercolors has resulted in numerous magazine articles about his work over the years in American Artist Watercolor Magazine, Artists of New England, Splash, The Best of Watercolor, and Watercolor Magic magazine.
O’Brien lives and paints in Weathersfield, VT. He also conducts workshops in watercolor technique in Vermont and other states and France.