Patrick O'Hara Art at SBBG
Patrick O'Hara's watercolor collection, "Wildflowers of California", specially commissioned by the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, is the culmination of a lifetime involvement with plant conservation, and nearly 40 years experience as an artist.
O'Hara has established a worldwide reputation for his own particular style of botanical works of art over four decades — firstly making unique, life-size, porcelain sculptures, and then more recently for his paintings in watercolor.
Patrick's abiding concern is that his work should be used to champion the conservation of plants in their own natural habitats. Most traditional botanical artwork has tended to depict plant specimens with great fidelity but isolated from nature. His work is based on personal observations of plants in nature with their associated insects and other animals, helping us to understand the relationships that are what ecology is all about.
- Wild About Wildflowers – Patrick O'Hara and his Magnificent Obsession, 2008
- The Wild Irish: World-renowned Artist Patrick O'Hara Paints the Wildflowers of California, 2007
Exclusive Limited Edition Prints at the SBBG Garden Shop:
Patrick O'Hara's watercolor collection "Wildflowers of California" is comprised of thirty original watercolor paintings. Signed and numbered, limited edition (1-250) prints of the first twenty-five paintings are available for purchase exclusively at the SBBG Garden Shop
O’Hara Art Exhibit at the Wildling: Opens September 14, 2013
Just when you thought wildflower season was over, you can see some of our most iconic California wildflowers in a rare local exhibition of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden's "California Wildflower Collection of Watercolors by Patrick O'Hara".
The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, in partnership with the Wildling Museum are presenting Patrick O’Hara’s Art of California Natives, a solo exhibition of 25 original watercolors, especially commissioned by the Garden in 2006 along with two very special porcelain sculptures by O'Hara.
The Wildling Museum recently relocated from Los Olivos to Solvang and this new space provides an excellent venue for art displays. Garden members will receive an invitation to the show’s opening reception on Saturday, September 14, from 4:00pm—6:00pm.