'Olivia Marie Braida's work marries science and art and presents a sound knowledge of botanical accuracy while incorporating fine art standards of color, form and classical design. Immersed in shadows and light that create an ethereal quality her exquisite compositions are of the highest professional level and pay homage to the great masters.' Suzanne White, Curator, South Florida Museum 2007, Retired.
Ms. Braida-Chiusano's work has appeared on exhibition at the South Florida Museum, the New York State Museum, the Fine Arts Society of Sarasota 2007 Artists and Collectors Tour, The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and numerous other galleries in Florida, New York, and Punta Cana. She is recently published in a coffee table book on botanical art entitled, 'Today's Botanical Artists' by Cora Marcus and Libby Kyer.
Her work has been recognized as 'genius' by the author and botanical art connoisseur, Mr. Jack Kramer. She is the author of eleven books on the subject of botanical art instruction and the founder of the Academy of Botanical Art and the Florida Society of Botanical Artists. Her Academy currently has locations in Florida and Kentucky, and offers workshops in various places from time to time. The Academy provides a distance-learning program with students currently in the United States, South America, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand with certification for programs offered by the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. The Academy program is based on Ms. Braida-Chiusano's series of books, 'Ten Steps - A Course in Botanical Art & Illustration, Volumes 1-12 with Supporting Course Paks.' Visit Omart Books to learn more about these books.
'My watercolor techniques are inspired by Gerard van Spaendonck and the French Court tradition, including the layering of glazes and washes of transparent watercolors. I believe that botanical art represents the ascent of man and his customs and 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 meaning. 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 a memory of my beloved. I hope you will enjoy these conversations with God.' Olivia Marie Braida-Chiusano.