How do you make artwork? What’s your process?
I do all of the work myself. The Landscape Memory series uses a labor-intensive 16-step process I developed over years to create the unique aesthetic I wanted to achieve. I travel the vast back roads looking for the perfect inspirational photos, print them, patina and cut metals, build wood panels, mix and lay plaster, sand, repeat, apply paint and ink and paper, repeat, wax and attach hanging hardware. I’m continually honing the technique so that it’s not quite as time consuming and physically demanding.
How do I buy an original Olson artwork?
On this web site, typically some of the recent group of work may be available. If you see a piece you like, e-mail me to make sure it is available and it can be shipped to you by purchasing with a credit card or money order.
Visit or call one of the galleries listed on the Galleries page.
Consider having a commission done, which I frequently create for clients with specific desires.
Check the Events/News page for one of the future shows or festivals I may be doing in your area. Since my process is so time-consuming, the limited number of pieces I can create tend to sell quickly. I regularly produce a large group of artwork for gallery shows and they are the best places to find new work.
How does the commission process work?
A commission is an original mixed media or acrylic painting that is created specifically for you. It may be similar to a piece I have already created but the size, colors and subject may be different. We will discuss your wishes and I’ll take a 50% deposit. It usually takes 8 to 12 weeks to complete. Typically, if you’re not satisfied, you are under no obligation to buy the finished product. This is Art, not science.
I find that some of my best pieces were done as commissions. I enjoy getting to know clients and can accommodate most special requests. The task of making a something specific for someone after getting to know his or her needs allows me to create very special work that really resonates.
Do you still do Architectural design while maintaining an Art career?
Yes and no. At the studios of Olson Art + Architecture I continue to do very select architectural projects. These projects tend to have passionate clients, need extremely creative artistic solutions and are based in sustainable / green concepts.
Like the Art, the architectural designs are “of the land and of our time”; contemporary architecture rooted in traditional vernacular.
For more information, please visit the Architecture page.