Robert J. O’Brien is a painter working in watercolor, originally from New York and now living and working in Vermont.
O’Brien has a particular focus on architectural and floral subjects. The apparent perfection of flowers are contrasted with his choice of architectural subjects, which are often intimate, close-in views of buildings or other man-made objects that are apparently abandoned or dilapidated. In these he revels in their weathered textures and contrasting angles, finding beauty in rust and dry rot.
In all of his subjects there is a fascination with the play of light and shadows, the latter often marking a counterpoint to the main elements of his composition.
The galleries on his website are divided into paintings of New England, France and Flowers.