About Us


OM Art Designs is so named to represent the creative force behind human expression, which invokes the presence of the divine and is the inspiration for the botanical artistry of Olivia Marie Braida-Chiusano, a nature artist, and a freelance, certified botanical artist/illustrator and author. Ms. Braida is the founder and director of the Academy of Botanical Art - an art school that provides complete texts for on-your-own home and tutored study to students around the world, as well as classroom study, art reviews, college art portfolio preparation,work reviews and grade reports.

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About Olivia

Selected Private Collections, Commissions

  • Commissioned Art "Brazilian Bromeliad" for the permanent collection of The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, Florida
  • Commissioned Art "21 Pen/Ink Plant Care Illustrations" for the permanent collection of The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, Florida
  • Commissioned Art for Dr. and Mrs. Reed, New York, New York
  • Permanent Collection in the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Permanent Collection of South Florida Museum, Bradenton, Florida
  • Permanent Collection of Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn of Thailand
  • Permanent Collection Total Body Care of Venice, Venice, Florida
  • Commissioned Art for the Former Minister of Foreign Affairs Hugo Tolentino, Dominican Republic
  • Commissioned Art for Doña Sarah Bermudez, Dominican Republic
  • Commissioned Art for The Punta Cana Ecological Foundation, Dominican Republic - Estate of Theodore W. Kheel, Esq., New York
  • Commissioned Art for Divine Science of the Soul, California
  • Commissioned Art for International Waterlily and Water Gardening Society, Florida
  • Commissioned Art for Pine Shores Presbyterian Church, Florida

Selected Botanical Art Exhibitions

  • The Secret Garden Exhibit. Brazilian Bromeliad Dwellers commissioned watercolor by O.M.Braida on exhibit @ Marie Selby Botanical Garden (Sarasota, FL). 2016
  • LBKCA Annual Community Juried Exhibit. (Longboat Key, FL)*Award. 2013
  • 4th Annual Art Contest Artavita.*Award.2012
  • Botanical Paintings of O.M.Braida.Solo Exh.Conservation Fndtn Gulf Coast.(Osprey,FL).2012
  • Natural Connections. O.M.Braida, Marie Selby Botanical Garden (Sarasota, FL). 2011
  • Nature Naturally. University Kentucky Arboretum (Lexington, KY). 2010
  • Longboat Key Art Center Juried Ringling College of Art. (Sarasota, FL). 2009
  • Green, Juried Art Exhibit. Art Center Sarasota.*Award (Sarasota, FL). 2009
  • Seeing Florida, Arts Center Sarasota (Sarasota, FL). 2009
  • Masquerade, Mystery & Mischief, Art Center Sarasota (Sarasota, FL). 2009
  • O.M. Braida Botanicals on Exhibit at Ursus Rare Books & Prints. (New York NY). 2008-09
  • Today’s Botanical Artists – On Exhibit at East End Books. (East Hampton, NY). 2008
  • The Academy of Botanical Art –The Spirit of Nature, Unity Church of Sarasota. (Sarasota, FL). 2008
  • Extraordinary Visions – The Natural World, Design Impressions Gallery Solo Exhibition (Sarasota, FL). 2007-08
  • Flora, Fauna, & Fine Art, Fogle Fine Art Gallery. (Jacksonville, FL). 2007-09
  • Marie Selby Botanical Garden, Selby Mansion, Academy of Botanical Art. (Sarasota, FL). 2007
  • Private Showings, Fine Art Botanicals @ Studio 20. Solo Exhibition. (Sarasota, FL). 2007
  • Open Studio Event at the Studio OM Braida. Fine Arts Society Creators & Collectors Art Tour. (Sarasota, FL). 2007
  • Academy of Botanical Art in Exhibit, OM Braida & Instructors, Manatee Cty Agric Museum. (Palmetto, FL). 2007
  • Examples of Botanical Field Study. Florida Society of Botanical Artists. (Palma Sola Botanical Park, FL). 2007
  • “Seven” – Exhibition of Seven Nature Artists. South Florida Museum. (Bradenton, Florida). 2006-07
  • Marie Selby Botanical Garden Instructor Exhibit, Selby Mansion. (Sarasota, Florida ). 2006
  • International Traveling Exhibit from the Hunt Collection to Museums & Galleries. 2005-07
  • 11th Int’l Exhibit of Botanical Art & Illustration, Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. (Pittsburgh, PA) 2004-2005
  • The Garden Club of America Annual Conference, Marie Selby Botanical Garden, Sarasota, FL, 2004
  • Botanical Paintings of O.M. Braida, Tamarack Gallery (Naples, FL). 2003
  • Sarasota Art Center (Sarasota, FL). 2002
  • The Botanical Art of OM Braida, Collectors Gallery, (Venice, FL). 2002
  • The Botanical Paintings of Casa Guayacán, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. 2002
  • Annual Art Exhibition, White Plains Woman's Club, NY. Juried. 2001.
  • Eighteenth Annual Maplebrook Art Show, Amenia, NY. Juried. 2001.
  • Regional Invitational Series. Rye Arts Center. Rye, NY. 2000.
  • Botanical Art Exhibition. Noel Fine Art Gallery. Bronxville, NY. Invitational. 2000.
  • The Lure of the Garden. Four Speaker Symposium w/ Solo Exhibition. New Canaan Nature Center. 2000.
  • Botanical Artists of the ASBA. An Exhibition. The Gingertree Gallery. Invitational. 2000.
  • Krasdale Foods Art Gallery Exhibition, White Plains, New York. Invitational. 2000.
  • Open Studios Event. Westchester Arts Council. White Plains, New York. Juried. 1999.
  • Illustrations of Nature. Northern Westchester Center for the Arts, Mt. Kisco, New York. Juried. 1999.
  • Renditions of Nature: Traditional to Abstract. Ossining Arts Council, Ossining, New York. Invitational. 1999.
  • Nature, Naturally. Greenburg Town Hall, Greenburg, New York. Juried. 1998.
  • Focus on Nature V and VI. New York State Museum, Albany, New York. Juried. 1998, 2000
  • Women’s Club of White Plains Annual Art Exhibition. White Plains, New York. Juried. 1997, 1998.
  • 37th and 38th Annual Armonk Outdoor Art Show. Armonk, New York. Juried. 1998, 1999.
  • Say It With Flowers. Carroll-Condit Gallery, White Plains, New York. Four Person Invitational. 1998.
  • 15th Annual Juried Art Exhibition. Fine Arts Museum of Long Island.*Award (Hempstead, New York). 1997.
  • Interpretations of Botanical Art. Muscoot Farms, Somers, New York. Six Person Invitational. 1997.
  • Annual Art Show. Empire State College, State University of New York. Invitational. 1997, 1998, 1999.
  • The Annual Rose Exhibit. The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York. Juried. 1996,1997.

Workshops and Lectures

  • Academy of Botanical Art Sarasota, Florida Program with full time and visiting students, 2002 to present.
  • Academy of Botanical Art Distance Learning Program with National and International students, 2004 to present.
  • Botanical Drawing & Watercolor Classes, Marie Selby Botanical Garden, Sarasota, FL 2005 to present
  • Botanical Drawing & Watercolor Classes, Boca Grande Art Center, Sarasota, FL 2015
  • Botanical Drawing & Watercolor Classes, South Florida Museum, FL 2013
  • Botanical Art Workshops, Academy of Botanical Art @ Arboretum, University Kentucky, Lexington, KY) 2008-2012
  • Ringling School of Art & Design, Sarasota, Florida. Botanical Art Workshops. March 1999 to 2011.
  • OM Art Botanical Workshops @ Studio 64 to 2001; Studio 74 2002-6; Studio 77 2007-9 in New York City.
  • Green Mountain College, Poultney, Vermont. Botanical Watercolor Workshops. August 1999, 2000, 2001.
  • "Wonderful Watercolors" at the New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York 1999, 2000, 2001.
  • Botanical Drawing & Watercolor Classes @ Studio 101, White Plains, NY, 1996-2001.

Art Invention/Books

  • Author of “Ten Steps Course Paks #s 1-12, including #3a and #3b";
  • Publisher of Paks #14-16 by John Beckner, Botanist
  • Author of “Ten Steps – A Course in Botanical Art, Volumes 1-12.”
  • Designer of "Perplexi™" The Artist’s Portable Perspective Drawing Tool.
  • Designer of “His Grace Lives On – The Last Darshan Talks” a book by Kirpal Singh.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • First Prize. "Expectations" Vireo Birds, Nest, & Viburnum in Watercolor. Longboat Key Ringling College Center for the Arts, Longboat Key, FL. Juried. 2013
  • 4th Annual Art Contest Artavita. Special Recognition Award (#50 out of 759 Participants) 2012
  • Second Prize. "Spirit" Red Ginger Watercolor. Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL. Juried. 2009
  • First Prize. Graphite. Women’s Club of White Plains. White Plains, NY. Juried. 2001
  • Second Prize. Watercolor. Women’s Club of White Plains. White Plains, NY Juried. 2001
  • One of Eight Selected for a “Special Tribute to the Arts” in New York. Krasdale Gallery, White Plains, NY 1999
  • First Prize. Watercolor, Women’s club of White Plains Juried Exhibition (White Plains, NY) 1998
  • First Prize. Overall. 15th Annual Juried Art Exhibition. Fine Arts Museum of Long Island. Hempstead, New York. 1997
  • Third Prize. Watercolor. Women’s Club of White Plains. White Plains, New York. Juried. 1997
  • Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award. SBA & The Westchester Assn of Women Owned Businesses. 1989.
  • Six Business of the Year Awards from the SBA and The Westchester Cty Chamber of Commerce. 1986 -1991.



  • New York Botanical Garden - Botanical Art & Illustration Certificate Program. Graduate.
  • Institute of Children’s Literature - Certificate Program in Writing for Children. Graduate.
  • Empire State College, State University of New York - BS in Business, Art, & Writing. Graduate.
  • Berkeley Business College, New York. Graduate.
  • Artwork influenced by the great masters. For inspiration, visit: Painting Reproductions