Patrick O’Brien has been a full-time illustrator and artist 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 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.
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.
Mr. O’Brien lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife and son.