October 18, 2017


"It will be difficult to name a class of landscape in which the sky is not the key note, the standard of scale, and the chief organ of sentiment."

-John Constable



October 17, 2017

If your subject be a tree, observe particularly wherein it differs from those of other species: in the first place, the termination of its foliage, best seen when relieved on the sky, whether pointed or rounded, dropping or springing upward, and so forth; next, mark th...

October 13, 2017

Reflecting back in April of 2012 I had a conversation about landscape painting with a gallery owner. I believe there really isn't much departure from my older work, despite the varying appearance of my new works today.

Below is an excerpt from that conversation:


October 12, 2017

During grad school I found myself at moments unsatisfied working on a flatten surface.

When I travel through a wooded area, I take careful notice of the things above or below. I consider how the branches twist and move towards pockets of lights. 

October 11, 2017

A blast of warm light breaks across the dense fog as I sit still. Perched twenty feet up, I feel the subtle sway of the tree and I find it soothing like rolling waves. 

Just moments before, I was stumbling in a thick darkness, ever so cautious to keep a stea...

October 1, 2017

On  October 7-8, New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) and 3S Artspace collaborated on a pop-up exhibition featuring the work of 8 artists: 4 MFA alumni and 4 of their Artist-Mentors. This exhibit featured the artist-mentor relationship as a way of honoring that rich c...

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James Michael O'Brien

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