About Vivian C. Olsen
“As an artist I draw from my memories the things I’ve loved over the years. When I was young I developed a deep love of animals and they remain my passion through my Art as my primary subjects. Painting birds and mammals has always given me a sense of calm as I feel they are creatures of peace and beauty. Animals add color and beauty to my life and I want others to experience that in my paintings. My goal is to present animals through my Art as Nature’s gifts."
The Nature Paintings of Vivian C Olsen
Throughout her life Vivian Olsen has always had a special love for animals and they have continued to be the major inspiration for her paintings. Her feelings for animals are expressed in life-like portraits of wildlife such as quail, wolves, bison, and many kinds of birds, painted with watercolors, pastels, or other media. Vivian says, “The animal friends I had as a child marked me for life—wild or tame, they have been my focus all these years, and still are. I paint what I love, birds and animals of this region and in my artwork I portray each animal as unique. I take pains to capture their individual personalities and postures so no two ever look alike—even quail!”
While growing up in the California hills she always knew she would be an artist and eventually earned an Art Degree and later a Master’s Degree in Science. While a student at New Mexico Tech University she set a goal to become a wildlife artist and has attained that goal, becoming well-known for her realistic paintings of wildlife and other animals. She also became an Art Educator, teaching Art for nearly 20 years at Socorro High School in New Mexico. During those years, and up to the present, she continues to paint as a professional artist exhibiting her paintings in galleries, in juried exhibits, and in solo and group shows throughout the Northwest.
Vivian is a long time member of the High Desert Art League, the Watercolor Society of Oregon, and the Plein Air Painters of Oregon. Her recent artwork may be viewed at Hood Avenue Art Gallery in Sisters, Oregon, and on her website: www.vivianolsen.com VCOlsen 2020
Vivian having fun painting at
an Art Workshop
Showing at Sunriver Resort Lodge Gallery - Vivian and her "Dark Wolf"
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