January 18, 2018

One day when I was visiting the Currier Museum of Art, I was discussing the Mount Washington Exhibit with friend and mentor, Carly Glovinski. I shared my observation for this apparent formula, of landscape painters placing the majority of the small figures in red. Glov...

January 12, 2018

These sketches were created in 2010-2011 with graphite and ink. All images are generated from memory and invented. 

I was inspired by the abundance of historical artworks that focused on ancient roman and greek ruins. I was also moved by this idea of futuristic techno...

January 2, 2018

Often in my practice I find myself returning to common themes. I become attracted to these themes because I believe that there is more room for individual discovery and self improvement. Recently my focus has been a return to waves and water.


November 27, 2017

 Walking outside I often discover fallen timbers and each time I visualize them crashing in the woods. I imagine the different sounds and piece together in my mind what these trees were like prior to my discovery. 

When I create trees in my projects I t...

November 27, 2017

 36 ft x 8 ft, Hooksett Waste Water Plant. 2017

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...

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James Michael O'Brien

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O'Brien Art, LLC

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