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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
 
 





Biography



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, rhythms 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 excitement I feel toward the subject into my paintings and hope that the viewer will have an emotional connection to my work, one that brings back a fond memory or feelings for the subject.
 
Artist statement: 
“Each painting begins with a spark of inspiration followed by an intent for what I want to express.  
Sometimes the intent is simply to capture the essence of the subject. At other times, I allow the paintings to evolve, adding more detail and subtle shifts of light and color.  Each painting represents a moment in time as well as a unique journey of discovery.  
 
I strive to create each painting in such a way that when viewed at a close distance, they are full of texture and movement and are almost abstract in nature.  When viewed from a further distance, the brushstrokes, lines, shapes and colors magically come together in perfect rhythm to reveal a recognizable subject.
My wish is that my work directly connects the viewer to nature and occasionally surprises them with an unexpected beauty, such as a painting that includes a subject they never before considered worthy of being painted.
I love 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.
 
Education:
BA, University of Maryland, College Park Art Students League, N.Y.C.  
California Art Institute
Otis Parsons, [...]

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