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The Jim Olson in a shady grove My sculptures and paintings are figurative in nature; the abstraction of the images is done in the interest of composition and imagination. I enjoy the use of line and texture as they communicate emotion and connect my hand and personality to the work. Shape and color help me create a sense of character and space. The content considers the interaction of the figure with our human, spirtual and physical environments. For me it is through visual artwork that visions of life and the human condition are most successfully considered. My work reflects the joy in the exploration of the relationships between perception and expression, between experience and meaning.


His artwork stems from a varied and active background. A long time Colorado resident, dividing his time between the Denver City arts and in the Sawatch Mountain range south of the Vail Valley. His academic background began with a B.F.A. in Drawing and Painting from the University of Minnesota. He completed and Art Education degree at Western State and a Masters of Humanities degree in Cultural Administration at the University of Colorado. His career history includes; cabinetmaker, ski instructor, years in mountaineering and whitewater guide services, college instructor, administrator and artist. His artwork, guiding and teaching background has provided treasured opportunities to observe the human experience in intense, beautiful and creative environments.