Garden Variety

I started painting in Vermont because I liked the landscape, the old farms and houses. There’s a sense of history, a respect for the past and the landscape. I love the nuances of this part of the country, the way a farmhouse window catches the light, or an old porch or flower box. In all my work, I want to take the most ordinary, mundane images and make them spectacular. Light and shadow will do that.

Vermont artist Robert O’Brien has been painting watercolors for 30 years. Inspired by everyday life in rural New England, O’Brien says he’s “driven to capture the vanishing landscape in paintings before the unique scenery disappears forever at the hands of ‘progress.’” O’Brien is a member of numerous watercolor societies, including the American Watercolor Society and National Watercolor Society, and his work is represented by Powers Gallery, Acton, Massachusetts; The Gallery at the Vault, Springfield, Vermont; V Gallery, Woodstock, Vermont; and Vermont Fine Art in Stowe. For the feature on the artist, see the December 2007 issue of Watercolor Magic.

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