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Patrick O'ROURKE - Romantic Realism


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Patrick O'Rourke - Romantic Realism

Napa Valley Wine Country Artist Patrick O'Rourke at Gallery 1870 in Yountville standing in front of his painting Sunset at Silver Oak.

BIOGRAPHY

Patrick O’Rourke is a contemporary artist from Northern California, crafting beautiful landscapes and creative textural images. He paints a richly diverse subject matter, but draws primary inspiration from the oak studded hills, rolling vineyards, soaring redwoods, and rugged coastlines of Napa and Sonoma Counties.

By the time Patrick was four, he knew his destiny: he would grow up to be an artist.  Patrick's artistic process began as a child under the influence of his mother, a life long artist working in oils and pastels. Patrick has worked in all mediums throughout his life, but now devotes himself to acrylics on canvas. His work can be found in the homes of fine art collectors throughout the world.


When O'Rourke was twelve, his family moved to Sonoma County, California.  They bought two acres of land in a remote area outside of Santa Rosa and the whole family helped to build a house there.  Fascinated by his surroundings, Patrick loved to explore and draw everything he saw.  These early memories created a passion for Northern California landscapes and the beauty that surround the wine country.

Throughout high school O'Rourke took every art course available, quickly surpassing his teachers' abilities.  His insatiable love of art caused him to research, study, and practice techniques of artists he admired as well as to experiment in whatever medium or directions his imagination led him.

Through these processes, acrylics and airbrushing become Patrick's favorite avenues to express his creativity.  While still in his late teens, he found his talents being sought for product logos and magazine covers.  Today, O'Rourke's over fifty years of experience is evident in the attention to detail and creative use of color found in his stunning landscapes and still-lifes.

Besides painting, one of O'Rourke's favorite pass times includes riding around on his motorcycle taking in the breathtaking views.  These inspiring views often become the subjects of his next painting.