Artist Kristen Olson

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The Artist Says:

Inspired by the incredible beauty and dramatic scenery of     
Hawaii, Kristen's artwork features landscapes and figures in their natural 
surroundings.   She strives to capture unique moments in time and 
portray scenes that might otherwise go unnoticed.
A warm glow with sparkling colors, abstract water patterns, striking 
clouds, and thoughtful figurative poses are just some of 
the phrases that characterize her work.  Her work is best described as a poetic 
blend of contemporary impressionism and representational art.
Internationally recognized, Kristen's artwork appears in both private 
and corporate collections.  In addition to several art shows, Kristen has illustrated two children's book, Two Tales of Hawaii and Father Damien, both for Island Heritage, three coloring books for The Bess Press, a line of greeting cards and prints for Signature Designs, a line of greeting cards for Hawaiian Resources as well as numerous private commissions.  

Collectors Say:

"Your own work is such an inspiration and your willingness to let us tackle difficult tasks that let us stretch is commendable."
I am very happy with you as a teacher.  You are kind and gentle.   Your spirit is such a joy that it  is contagious and your way of looking at things is helping me adjust a negative part of me."

Other Artists Say:

"  Thank you so much for yesterday.  I am really enjoying getting to know you better.  You make me feel more comfortable when I am painting than any other teacher I have ever had.  And, I appreciate your extended kindness to my friend, Mary.     

“Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.” .....John Ruskin
“The sweet companionable presence; the austere Demeanor, hiding a rich heart; the glance, Intense and penetrant, that says a soul is here.”........Richard Watson Gilder


I paint expressive, impressionist landscapes in a wide range of sizes in oil.  Through the visual language of my brushstrokes, I strive to capture beautiful light and the abstract patterns and shapes of nature. When viewers look at my paintings I want them to feel that they are looking at something that is exceptionally well done, beautiful and makes them feel good.  I put the love and emotions I feel toward the subject into my paintings and guide the viewer through the canvas with light.
Artist statement:
 “Each painting begins with inspiration followed by an intent for what I want to express with paint.  Sometimes the intent is simply to capture the essence of the subject.  Other paintings I allow to evolve, like a journey as I work.  During the finishing process,  I focus on my initial inspiration as this is the heart of the painting and often the focus of light.  My goal is to create an impressionistic work of art that emotionally connects the viewer directly to nature, rather than an exacting portrait of the subject.  When painting, I use all of my senses, my memories and years of keen observation.  I'm fascinated by nature's light, color, textures, rhythm and patterns.   I want to share my unique artistic vision with my viewers.  This journey is the magic of my art.” 

Curriculum Vitae
Internationally recognized, Kristen's artwork appears in both private 
and corporate collections including the White House Collection.
BA, University of Maryland, College Park Art Students League, N.Y.C.  
California Art Institute
Otis Parsons, Los Angeles, painting
Numerous artist's workshops including study with Daniel Greene, Neil Boyle, Ned Mueller, Donald Putnam, Tom Hill, Marilyn Simandle, Ted Goerschner, Michael Albrechtsen and Rose Frantzen
Plein Air Painters of the Southwest
Oil Painters of America
American Impressionist Society
American Women Artists
California Arts Club
Top 15% Boldbrush Fine Art national competition, February, 2014
Top 15% Boldbrush Fine Art national competition, [...]

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