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Christy Olsen


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About Christy

Artist Christy Olsen, crafts an experience for the viewer that is both timeless and elegant. She was inspired to create at an early age. Born in Memphis, Tennessee as a third generation painter, she grew up in a family of artists, where she played under her mother’s easel. She acquired her passion for drawing at an early age.

Her own skills were further developed over time from a unique combination of formal education, self-directed practice, experimentation, and tutelage under several contemporary masters. At a time when representational art was not offered in the fine arts curriculum at most universities, Christy chose to earn a Bachelor's of Art (B.A.) degree in Art History instead, by studying the Old Masters in the classroom. Christy is heavily influenced by the Impressionists of the late 19th and early 20th century, especially the ones who studied in Florence, including Mary Cassatt, Dennis Bunker-Miller, Edmund Tarbell and Giovanni Boldini.

Christy works in oil or the pastel medium to capture mood, light or atmosphere. Her work includes visible brushwork or the mark making from her own impressions, regardless of the subject matter, whether it's figure, animals, landscape or still life.