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.

White Roses

Oil painting on masonite board
Signed on front and back

9" h x 12" w x .15" d
2 lbs. 5 oz.


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Comments About This Piece

The white rose is a symbol of honor and reverence--it represents innocence and purity and is traditionally associated with new beginnings. I thought these two looked honorable so I painted them together. This painting received a Meritorious Award in the 2013 Richeson 75 International "Small Works" Art Competition. Most of the piece was painted in one sitting using the “alla prima” or “wet-on-wet” technique, where layers of wet paint are applied to previous layers of wet paint. Holbein oil paints combined with Old Master Maroger medium were used in the process. Highlights, and a few of the finer details, were then further enhanced after the piece was dry. This piece is currently unframed and is not wired to hang. It has been varnished in a semi-gloss finish with Gamvar to protect it.

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!

Masonite board

Masonite board is a thin, smooth panel of highly compressed wood. If not already framed, most masonite board artwork will require framing.


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