Carolyn Olson is a narrative painter working primarily in gouache, pastel and oil. She has worked professionally as a painter, sculptor, graphic designer and art teacher for 40 years. As a native Duluthian, she spent 7 years away in her twenties as she developed her skills and style while living in the Twin Cities and Mississippi. Upon returning to the area she continued to create work, maintaining a studio and showing regularly.
Her work is in the Plains Museum, Tweed Museum, and numerous private collections in North and South America.
She enjoys painting everyday life including what happens at home, while at work or in her community. From a woman’s point of view her work depicts often dismissed or overlooked chores and activities, interactions with family and friends as well as hopes for the greater community. Her gestural full figures are intentionally distorted with larger than realistic limbs, hands, feet reflecting energy and strength.