Described as energetic, conscientious, adventurous and clever, artist Christy Olsen creates soft, soothing and serene works of art which are timeless and elegant. Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Olsen is a third generation professional artist who played under her mother’s easel growing up and developed a deep appreciation for art at an early age.
She has a unique background in both art and science, which spiraled out of her love for drawing & draughtsmanship, fascination with design and how things work. She says, “Working as an engineer has taught me how work outside of my comfort zone, solve problems and has greatly improved my observational skills'.
Olsen’s work has been shown in one-person exhibitions across the United States and has also been in multiple group juried exhibitions. Her work was featured in the “2014 Best and Brightest” exhibition at the Scottsdale Artist’s School, the '85712 Zip Code' 2013 exhibition at the Tucson Botanical Garden’s Porter Hall Gallery and she is also currently represented by the Ugallery.
Christy was interviewed and highlighted in the article 'The Drive Behind, Soft, Soothing and Serene Fine Art' published by the Sonoran Art Network magazine in 2013. She was also selected as a finalist in the '2014 Richeson 75 Still Life & Floral' art competition, '2013 Richeson 75 Small Works' art competition and the '2014 NOAPS International Juried Open Exhibition'.
Olsen received her formal education from the University of Tennessee (UT) in Knoxville. During this time, the practice of representational studio art was not offered in the fine arts curriculum, so she decided to study the Old Masters via the classroom and graduated with a BA in Art History & Anthropology instead. Since then Olsen has also studied with multiple well known prestigious contemporary artists such as Joni Falk, Elizabeth Robbins, Gregg Kreutz, Richard McKinley, Jeff Legg and Stephanie Birdsall.
Christy now lives in Tucson, Arizona and is very active in the local arts community of Southern Arizona. She currently authors two educational blogs “The Art Appreciation Blog.com” and 'The Art Verve.com” and teaches studio art classes.