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“My watercolor techniques are inspired by Gerard van Spaëndonck and the French Court tradition. They include layering of glazes and washes of mostly transparent watercolors. All of the detail is created with the paint brush. All images are hand-drawn from actual subjects. Images are not taken from and are not traced from photographs. I believe that botanical art represents the ascent of man and custom, of knowledge and thirst for knowledge. Its evolution parallels the human spirit and its quest for self-knowledge. In nature, plants by their proximity to various cultures have acquired their own meanings. As I strive for realism to achieve actualization, each one of my works takes on both appearance and message. The inspiration for the quest is by grace, the outcome a gift, and the process is gratitude The finished work reverberates with a multitude of strokes — each in memory of my beloved. I hope you will enjoy my conversations with God.”

O.M. Braida


<em>Alpinia purpurata</em> (Vieill.) K. Schum 1866
<em>Papilio aristodemus ponceanus</em> Schaus 1911
<em>Theobroma cacao</em>  L. 1753
<em>Colmanara</em> 'Wildcat'
<em>Nelumbo</em> 'Baby Doll' Dwarf White Lotus
<em>Charadrius alexandrinus</em> L. 1758
Florida Butterflies
<em>Magnolia grandiflora</em> 'Little Gem' #2
<em>Laeliocatteleya x Sophrolaeliocattleya</em>
<em>Vanda roeblingiana x Vanda lamellata</em>
<em>Peperomia caperata</em> Yunck. 1958
<em>Viola tricolor</em> L. 1753
<em>Prunus domestica</em> L. subsp <em>syriaca</em> (Borkh.) Janch. Ex Mansf. 1959
<em>Laeliocatteleya x Sophrolaeliocattleya</em>
<em>Quercus palustris</em> Munchh. 1770
<em>Vireo altiloquus</em> Vieillot, 1808 & <br/><em>Viburnum odoratissimum</em> Ker Gawl 1820
<em>Magnolia grandiflora</em> 'Little Gem' #1
<em>Medinilla magnifica</em> L. 1850
<em>Malus domestica</em> Borkh. 1795
<em>Rose</em>'American Beauty' Henri Lédéchaux 1875
<em>Vitis vinifera</em> L. 1758
<em>Malus baccata</em> (L.) Borkh. 1803
Citrus Family Gathering
<em>Ananas comosus</em> (L.) Merr. 1917
<em>Magnolia x soulangeana</em> Soul.-Bod. 1826
<em>Liriodendron tulipifera</em> L. 1753 <br/> <em> Myosotis, sp.</em> L. 1753
<em>Calidris alba</em> Pallas 1764
<em>Alstroemeria aurea</em> Graham 1833
<em>Theobroma cacao 'Disney'</em> L. 1753
<em>Bursura simaruba</em> (L.) Sarg. 1890
<em>Metopium brownei</em> (Jacq.) Urb. 1908
<em>Theobroma cacao</em> L. 1753 'Forestero'
<em>Oncidium</em> 'Gower Ramsey' 1977
<em>Sabal domingensis</em> Becc. 1907
<em>Pithecellobium unguis-cati</em> (L.) Willd. 1807
<em>Coccoloba uvifera</em> L. 1739
<em>Cubanola domingensis</em> (Britton) Aiello 1979
<em>Guaiacum sanctum</em> L. 1753
<em>Guaiacum officinales</em> L. 1753
<em>Eugenia axillaris</em> (Sw.) Willd. 1799