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Monday, February 27, 2012


As you know, we recommend very little in the way of paintings. We see a lot of art, and as you may imagine, every artist we encounter thinks their art is the best and we should write about it and tell everyone.  Well, the truth is that not everyone is the best or the word best would lose its definition.  Obviously we love everything done at The Met and probably nearly every paining we post is from there and that's not just because Peachy loves Thomas Crown, but when you are talking about artists painting today, that is not something you see on our site typically.  We believe art is personal and it is not easy to find work that is universally appealing. After learning about Patrick Reid O'Brien, we can absolutely assure you that his work is extraordinary and we cannot imagine anyone not being enamored of it!  He is alive and kicking it with a paintbrush and to our knowledge, he is not yet at The Met but he should be!  We'll tell them about you, Patrick.

We particularly love his seaside work, but as we're still searching for a great beach in Manhattan, we decided to opt for the gorgeous Empire State building instead.  Emblazoned in our beloved red, white and blue, this icon of New York culture will make a gorgeous statement on your wall whether it's in an office, a family room or just about anywhere.  It makes a great gift for our international readers, who of course must read us because they love the USA!

Patrick tells us:
Summer is just around the corner and there is an artist painting your summer memories right now. The 2011 winner of the Hampton Classic poster competition offers over 1500 images of his award winning made in America collection at the website: From Florida thru the Carolinas, Long Island, Europe, the Caribbean and New England, This American Artist is creating YOUR story, your favorite memories one piece of art at a time. 

Nationally Acclaimed American Artist Patrick Reid O'Brien has been creating since winning his first award at age six. After attending McDonogh School in Maryland he graduated earning the Maryland Distinguished Scholar for Art and the Cleveland Award for Excellence in art. In college, he graduated with Honors from St. Mary’s College of Maryland where he received a BA in Fine Art and in 1986 was also Scholar Athlete of the Year, Co Captain of the men’s lacrosse team. 

After 15 years of creating logos and merchandising design for clients like Pepsi and McDonald’s, he left the advertising business in 2005 to devote all of his efforts to creating art. 

In December 2009 Jimmy Buffett's longtime friend Gina Knight saw an exhibition of Patrick's art and asked him to create some art with Jimmy's lyrics for the Margaritaville lifestyle brand. Like a Jimmy Buffett song, "Everyone needs a little more happiness in their life and that is exactly why this art connects with people. It makes you feel good.” Shown here is the art that earned Patrick 2008 Artist of the year at Ocean Gallery World Center for the Arts, the " MyTown Art" collection is warm, colorful, fun, and speaks to your heart. 

Also featured in Southern Living Magazine and The White House Gift shop “Everyone has a story to tell about their life. This art allows collectors to tell that story with style. A person collects the places that have meaning to her on a personal level: a beach where she grew up, the town she lived in after college, a destination honeymoon, her best friend, a black Labrador." Patrick’s art provides a great solution for that "difficult-to- buy-for gift “ 

After winter shows in New York, Atlanta, Chicago and Dallas, summer finds Patrick outdoors meeting with collectors at a select handful of art festivals. He enjoys the intimacy of the setting, seeing how people respond to individual pieces. With galleries and stores now carrying his art in 42 states, and the Caribbean the worldwide web provides unprecedented access to this award winning collection, the story of your life. 

Patrick’s images are available for purchase as 12 x 16 open edition Lithographs on recycled paper and 18 x 24, 24 x 32 and 36 x 48 canvases stretched on a wooden frame. Go to, click on mytown art to download the pdf catalog and order form. 

Patrick’s art is also available for licensing through MHS Licensing, Contact Marty Siegelbaum 952-544-1377

About the Artist

God has bestowed many gifts upon us here on earth. I am thankful for the gift of painting that God has given to me. As an artist, I strive to create works that allow the viewer to escape from the stresses of everyday life. I hope that my work takes you“where you want to be.” 

Award Winnning International Artist Patrick Reid O’Brien, has painted since he was a small boy. At 6, he won his first juried art competition in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

In college, Patrick studied oil painting under Professor Thomas Rowe, a student of the realist school of Jaques Maroger from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Patrick graduated with Honors from St. Mary’s College of Maryland where he received a BA in Fine Art. Patrick’s other passions include sports and sailing.

Included in Patrick’s paintings are images from The Mediterranean, Anguilla, Mexico, Long Island, the Atlantic Seashore and Chesapeake Bay. Each coastal region has a unique light that is captured in his compelling work.

This series of paintings “Where you want to be”, is available in limited edition, signed and numbered, Giclees on canvas. Hand embellished Giclees and originals are also available.

Patrick’s painting of the US Capitol was recently selected by the US Capitol Historical Society to be placed on the cover of the official US House and Senate Calendar. Coincidentally, Patrick is the Great, Great, Great, Great Grandson of Thomas Ustick Walter, Architect of the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Patrick’s work is found in galleries, corporate and private collections around the world. Patrick, his wife and 4 children live in Lutherville, Maryland.

Please contact Patrick to commission a painting of one of your favorite places “Where you want to be."

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