Patrick O’Brien


Artist Statement

I want to show you color, texture, pattern, shadow and brightness; I want to show you what I see in my photographer’s eyes that you may not otherwise see. I look for the patterns of life; some are abstract visions, some are images from everyday life on the streets and some are visions of nature that go beyond the traditional “nice view”. I work to keep my photographs full of colors and textures and patterns and shadows and brightness and I look forward to showing them to you.


Pat has been taking “pictures” since high school and later worked as a photographer to help pay his way through college; but then careers and family and life interrupted that pursuit. Now many years later and with the time and resources available, he has resurrected that effort.

He retired from working in Information Technology in the publishing business and previously retired as a military aviator and moved from Baltimore to Arizona in 2002. About 10 years ago, Pat succumbed to the draw of digital photography because of the complications of having a darkroom and because digital cameras and editing software were improving and becoming more affordable. But he still has his trusty 35mm and 4×5 view cameras, should the mood strike.

Pat has attended the Santa Fe Photography Workshop, studying with Seth Resnick and Michael Eastman. He is a member of the Sonoran Arts League and the Texas Photographic Society as well as Art Intersection. His photographs have been displayed in group shows in Cave Creek and Anthem.

He, his wife Andrea (who is an accomplished playwright) and two canine children live in rural Maricopa County in the midst of the amazing Sonoran Desert.

Patrick O'Brien
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