The paintings of John O'Brien convey a sense of mystery and romance seldom found in contemporary art. Exquisite artisanship and poetic ideals are combined with a current awareness to create a unique style, which John describes as "contemporary romantic realism." John's style was originally inspired by the work of the 19th century American painters, particularly the American impressionists. What has developed is a unique blend of old techniques and modern vision. When you look at a John O'Brien painting you cannot help but be transported to another world.