Barbara Olsen

Barbara Olsen

Barbara Olsen
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area, Barbara has always created art since she was a child for her amusement and enjoyment.  In 1980, when her three children were grown, she began devoting all of her time to her artistic career.  A fully self-taught artist, Barbara has achieved an international reputation with a style that combines shimmering colors, a unique sense of design, and the artful skills of a storyteller.  Storytelling is at the heart of this former preschool teacher's soul.  Blessed with a fertile imagination that was nurtured early on by her Irish immigrant father, she grew up listening to his tales of mischievous fairies and leprechauns.  Today she uses words as well as images to tell her stories on canvas and handmade paper.  Using a variety of found objects, Barbara creates unique and colorful images:  snips of paper, dabs of paint, and scraps of fabric are transformed into whimsical mixed media collages.  People who own and live with her delightful images talk about the good humor, the optimism, and the evocation of fond memories of childhood.  Barbara's gift is to touch the inner child of each of us.  Barbara's original paintings and prints appear in many prominent  private and public collections throughout the world:  The Morris Museum of Fine Art permanent collection; President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan; President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush; and President and Mrs. Mikail Gorbachev, to name just a few.  
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