Artist karen olson

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I Grew up in rural Ohio, admiring the oil paintings on our walls by my grandfather - J. William Long.  When time came for me to go to college there was no way my parents would have let me major in art, so I graduated with a degree in Industrial Design from The Ohio State University, with an emphasis on Graphic Design.  I think Dad approved of the major because it had the word "industrial" in it.  Anyway . . . After school I worked for 2 years in the art and design industry in New York City - a wonderful experience.  Due to a strange array of unusual choices and events, I moved to Kauai in 1987, met the man of my dreams, and have lived happily on Kauai ever since.  My time is divided between my faith in Christ, plein air and studio painting,  helping run our custom home design/build firm, (Olson Homes),  family, friends, my amazing and not well trained dogs, and the great outdoors.  Not necessarily in that order.  
People ask me why I paint, and  I have no profound, deep,or abstract message to send the viewer, I pretty much just paint what screams at me to paint it.  

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