“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. Olivia Marie Braida’s works are in three United States Museums and public collections, namely the “Magnolia grandiflora Little Gem #2”, purchased by the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation (Carnegie Mellon Pittsburgh PA) for their permanent collection in 2004; “The Paintings of Casa Guaiacum” a twelve piece collection commissioned by Mr. Theodore Kheel of the Punta Cana Ecological Foundation in the Dominican Republic; and the "Nelumbo ' Baby Doll'” Dwarf White Lotus now in the permanent collection of the South Florida Museum and a signed and numbered print of this lotus was presented to Her Royal Highness Professor Dr. Princess Chulabhorn Mahidol in Thailand; and "Brazilian Bromeliad Dwellers" commissioned for the permanent collection of the Museum of Botany and The Arts in Sarasota, Florida.
Ms. Braida’s work has appeared on exhibition at the South Florida Museum, the New York State Museum, the Fine Arts Society of Sarasota 2007 Artists & Collectors tour, the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, and numerous other galleries in Florida, New York, and Punta Cana. She is 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.
Ms. Braida is the editor and illustrator for "His Grace Lives On - The Last Darshan Talks" by Kirpal Singh; editor for "The Light of Kirpal" by Kirpal Singh; and the author/illustrator of 15 educational textbooks and 13 supplementary course paks on the subject of botanical art instruction. She is the founder/director/lead instructor of the Academy of Botanical Art and the founder/President Emeritus for the Florida Society of Botanical Artists. Her Academy provides a distance-learning program with students in the United States, South America, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand with Certification for programs offered by the renowned Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. More about Ms. Braida's story can be learned by connecting to the following link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Botanical_illustrator and by visiting her website: www.omartdesigns.com.