James M. O’Brien is a landscape painter based in Dunbarton, New Hampshire. His passion for the outdoors and the rural scenery of New Hampshire and the Hudson Valley has been the inspiration for his work. Influenced by the British and American romantic landscape painters of the 18th and 19th centuries, O’Brien started exhibiting his work across the New England area and taking on commissioned projects across the United States after graduating summa cum laude from the New Hampshire Institute of Art in 2011.
O’Brien’s focus on landscape led him to briefly join the Ingbretson Atelier in Manchester, New Hampshire, where he studied for two years within the Boston School Tradition. In 2017, he earned his master’s degree in Visual Arts from the same institute. His interest in academic draftsmanship and classical painting is evident in his work, which captures the essence of the natural world with great precision.
James O’Brien now lives on a large tract of land in Dunbarton, New Hampshire, where he and his wife, an avid naturalist and artist, explore the diverse New England landscape and study the native wildlife. His work continues to be exhibited in galleries and museums across the United States.