Patrick O’Brien has been a full-time artist and illustrator since 1985. His clients
have included National Geographic, The Discovery Channel, and the Smithsonian.
His art has appeared in magazines and newspapers, on posters and greeting
cards, and even on billboards.
O’Brien entered the marine art field in 2003. In 2010 the U.S. Naval Academy
Museum mounted a retrospective exhibition featuring twenty-eight of his
paintings. In 2012, The National Maritime Historical Society awarded O’Brien
with their Distinguished Service Award for his body of artwork. He has completed
dozens of commissions for private and corporate clients, including ExxonMobil
and Lockheed Martin.
O’Brien is the author and illustrator of twelve picture books for children. These
are non-fiction books about historic and prehistoric subjects, such as knights,
pirates, ships, and dinosaurs.