Silicon Valley Open Studios

Connecting artists to art enthusiasts

Artist: Karen Olsen

Studio: Karen Olsen Fine Art

Icelandic Horses Gallop in the Sea
Title: Icelandic Horses Gallop in the Sea
Description: None
Media: Watercolor
Size: 20 x 16
artist thumbnails
artist thumbnails
artist thumbnails

Click on a thumbnail above.

Contact Karen Olsen



Phone:(650) 575-9411

About Karen Olsen

Although I had learned the rudiments of oil painting as a kid from my talented mother, I did not take painting seriously until my early twenties. At that time I learned watercolor from a very fine teacher, and I took to it with a passion. For a while, I spent most of my time experimenting with subject matter and techniques.

I then had a serious life change that resulted in my being alone with a child and needing to earn a living. I embarked on what would become a long career in graphic design and illustration. I was fortunate in that I enjoyed this work. The downside: for most of the years I have worked in this field, I had little time to paint as a 'fine' artist. However, my illustration work occasionally required a fine-art approach, so I was never completely out of touch!

In recent years, I started cutting back my design work so that I could focus on painting. I paint en plein air as much as I can, a natural direction for me, as I am a lover of nature and an avid sportswoman and traveler. Wherever I go, I paint!

I teach watercolor classes in Mountain View and Los Altos, and I conduct plein air workshops all year round. I am represented by Aegis Gallery, Saratoga, CA.