Welcome New Member Tom O’Brien

Tom O’Brien is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, but recently moved to San Diego last summer after a sojourn in Japan. He earned a B.S. degree from the University of New Mexico in 2011, with a minor in Studio Art, and has trained with some notable artists such as Colley Whisson, Lindsey Kustusch, and Randall Sexton. Seascapes and landscapes are his favorite subjects. Tom works in acrylic and gouache, with a painting style that is mostly direct, and he prefers working alla prima: which is an Italian phrase that means “at first attempt”.  He strives to finish a painting in one session and minimizes layers to keep his work impressionistic and loose. He is joining SDWS because of the community aspect and it is a new experience for him. Even people who know him might be surprised to learn that he likes to create and play music, as he used to play drums in a rock band! We hope he will join our plein air sessions on Thursday mornings!

Find Tom’s work at www.thomasobrienstudio.com .

“Baron of the Beach” by Tom O’Brien

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