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


Kristen Olson  Artist
Kristen Olson (b. 1967) is an impressionist painter from Maryland who now resides and works in Los Gatos, California. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Maryland in 1990 prior to attending art school in Los Angeles. 
Olson is a meticulous painter who depicts her subjects with expressive brushwork encompassing a great level of detail.
Her work is very time-consuming, and the results are wonderful.  When tackling a simple vineyard or seascape, intricate architecture or an Italianate garden, Olson paints all of this with great skill.  She enjoys depicting scenes in every conceivable light, from hot, bright, sunny days to soft, romantic evening landscapes.  These atmospheric, iconic scenes are accentuated with her brush and richly brought to life.  Depending on the time of day or conditions of weather depicted, her palette may contain an assortment
of cool grays or bright stroke of scarlet, yellow, or orange.
Olson is a master colorist, and works from her own photos as well as the many Plein air studies she paints on location.
She strives to make marks that are accurate with rich colors and expressive brushwork, her talent is seemingly endless.  Olson works to create each painting in such a way that when viewed from a close distance, they are textural and almost abstract in nature.  When seen from a further distance, the impressionist-style brushstrokes, lines, shapes and colors magically come together in perfect rhythm to reveal a particular subject.
Kristen was featured in an article in the January 2016 issue of Plein Air Magazine. 
Internationally recognized, her artwork is in collections worldwide, both private and public, including the White House Collection. 
Kristen is represented by several galleries.
Prices for her works range from $900 to $15,000 depending upon size and complexity.

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