Christy Olsen
Tucson, Arizona

Christy Olsen hopes her soothing and serene works invite the viewer to unwind. She especially focuses on the effects of light and shadow in her work to create elegant pieces. Zooming in on her paintings reveals all the little brushstrokes that make up each piece. She currently lives in Arizona. Fun fact: her work has been featured in magazines like Zocalo and Southwest Art.

Artist and Customer Comments

Christy Olsen 5/5/2015 | 6:17 PM

Thank you so much!

commentsSanta Maria from Assisi 5/3/2015 | 11:26 PM

Your pallet is beeyoutiful.

commentsJade Ginger Jar with Red Roses
C Buggeln purchased this artwork. 10/5/2014 | 10:16 AM

Christy captures light beautifully. Our NYC framer let out a "WOW' when I unwrapped the painting in his shop. It now has a home in our dining room. Thank you.

The Cat and the Kettle

Oil painting on canvas board
Signed on front

16" h x 20" w 
1 lbs. 0 oz.


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This piece was developed from a reference photograph, charcoal sketch and color study. I purchased the antique kettle from Ebay and was setting up a still life to paint. As I was snapping a few reference photographs, my cat Newton jumped in. I was really surprised by the repeating shapes of the cat's tail with the kettle spout so I was inspired to paint it. I also really liked the cool light against the warm tones of the background. Most of the piece was painted in one sitting using the “alla prima” or “wet-on-wet” technique, wherein layers of wet paint were applied on previous layers of wet paint. This piece is on a linen board and will need a frame for display.

Oil painting

Oil paint uses natural oils, such as linseed, poppy and walnut oil to bind the pigments. Oils are slow to dry, which allows the artist to rework the painting to achieve the desired effect. Also, they blend easily, which helps to achieve certain colors. With the rise of naturalism in 15th century Early Netherlandish painting, oil paints became preferred to quick drying tempera paint. Artists wanted a medium that would allow them to achieve detailed and precise effects in their paintings. Consider all of the detail in the masterpieces of Jan van Eyck and Hieronymus Bosch!

Canvas board

Canvas board is a thin, flat panel of either particle board or cardboard wrapped in canvas. If not already framed, most canvas board work will require framing.


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