About the Artist

Vivian enjoys walking through the mountain and high desert areas of central Oregon observing wildlife. She is often inspired to paint the wild animals and birds she encounters during these explorations. While sketching and photographing her subjects she's able to bring back important references she will use in the studio to create dramatic wildlife paintings. Using oils or acrylic paints, Vivian creates lifelike portraits of animals which express their personalities and individual behaviors.

With a Master's in Science-biology, and an Art Degree she has been a professional wildlife artist for 30 years. She has worked as a wildlife illustrator, as an Art Educator for 18 years in New Mexico, and as an artist exhibiting paintings in galleries and juried exhibits. Now retired, she exhibits her paintings frequently in solo shows, and in exhibits with the High Desert Art League, as well as in juried exhibits in art galleries.

Vivian is an active member of the High Desert Art League, the Oil Painters of America, the Plein Air Painters, and is a Signature Member of New Mexico Watercolor Society. Her recent paintings can be viewed at Eagle Crest, Oregon and at the Tumalo Art Works Gallery (TAW) in Tumalo, Oregon.

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Vivian C. Olsen Wildlife and Landscape Artist Watercolors, Oils & Pastels Bend, Oregon 541-923-4073