Celia Olsson

"Weather Watchers"
Mixed media


"View from White Moor"
Watercolour

"Hibiscus"
Mixed media
Media
Watercolours, Mixed Media
Subjects
Landscape, Townscape, Flowers, Textures, Hands On Demos
Region(s)
SW

Celia is a mostly self taught artist inspired by the colours and textures of the landscape around her. She paints in a loose style mainly using watercolour because of the wonderful choice of vibrant colours, but also experiments with acrylics, inks and various texture media. She says watercolour is such an exciting media because you never know how it will turn out.

She loves the rugged wildness of Dartmoor, especially in the autumn and winter when it is takes on hues of russet and gold with hints of bronze and purple. She also enjoys painting the mountainous landscape, red and ochre earth colours and vivid flowers of the Mani in southern Greece. As on Dartmoor, she spends a lot of time in the landscape, walking and sketching through the olive groves and along the old mule tracks to the mountain villages.

In fact, Celia has her sketching equipment with her all the time: terrified atop the London Eye, wondering the streets of Paris, struggling up a Bulgarian mountain, relaxing in a Greek harbourside taverna, waiting for trains, planes and buses, and of course when she is walking nearer to home. Back at home Celia use these sketches to create paintings full of colour and memories of the places she has been.

Celia began exhibiting and selling in 2005 at exhibitions in Devon. Reproductions of her paintings are for sale in a range of cards and prints at local venues and art fairs. Her paintings have been bought by people in this area and further afield, as far as New York, Uganda and Australia.

In addition, Celia is available for workshops in which she encourages participants to loosen up and get the essence of the subject without letting the 'rules' get in the way of creativity, and to experiment with creating texture effects. She also leads painting activities for residents in retirement homes emphasising the fun of painting.

She also accepts commissions.