ROBERT O'BRIEN
Medium and Subject:
Watercolor and Pastel.
A traditional painter of landscape and architectural studies. Studied with James Whatford, Tony Couch and the late Marshall Joyce AWS.
 
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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. I’ve also been exploring portraiture and figurative works. One of my objectives is to transform mundane, everyday scenes into beautiful works of art.
I am a Signature member of the American and National Watercolor Societies as well as several others including the New England Watercolor Society. I have studied with noted watercolorists including James Whatford, Tony Couch and Marshall Joyce NA AWS.
I have recently won the Honor Award at the Academic Association’s 64th Annual Exhibit, the Silver Medal at the 2014 New England Watercolor Society’s Juried Members Exhibition in Boston. I was accepted into the 147th International Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society, to be held in April at the Salmagundi Club.
My work was featured in the December 2011 / February 2012 issue of l’Art de Aquarelle and in the upcoming Splash 15, the Best of Watercolor. I teach workshops throughout the United States and abroad.
“I have been painting in the watercolor medium for over forty years. 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.”