Robert J O’Brien was born in Rochester, NY in 1954.
He has been painting in the watercolor medium for 40 years. He is a signature member of the American and National Watercolor Societies. He is a full time artist and instructor.
Robert recently won, in 2011, The Virginia Avery Award at the New England Watercolor Society’s Juried Member Exhibition in Boston. The Award of Excellence at the 3rd Annual Vermont Watercolor Society’s juried show in Grafton Vt. and Honorable Mention at the 61st Academic Artists National Exhibition. His work was featured in the Creative Workshop section in the February 2011 issue of Watercolor Artist magazine and in 2009, Splash 11, the Best of Watercolor.
What are your main themes to paint?
“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.
Some of my recent paintings have emphasized close focus features of a particular subject giving the piece an almost abstract quality, with great attention placed on composition and value. One of my objectives is to transform mundane, everyday scenes into beautiful works of art.”
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