Patrick Lyons O’Brien (born July 5, 1960) is an American artist and writer, known for his children's books and for his maritime paintings. The National Maritime Historical Society awarded O’Brien their Distinguished Service Award for his body of artwork in 2012.
Patrick O’Brien was born in Boston. In 1982 O'Brien earned a degree in biology from the University of Virginia. He then became a full-time artist in the mid 1980s. In 2011 O’Brien began teaching as a part-time faculty member at The Maryland Institute College of Art. He lives in Baltimore, MD. O'Brien is not related to the well-known British author Patrick O’Brian (1914-2000,) but because he is a writer, and works in a similar genre, there is often confusion between the
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