Flash, acrylic on maple veneer, 30 x 30 inches, 2015.
Niagra, acrylic on maple veneer, 30 x 30 inches, 2015.
Ju Ju Blues (Installation View), 2015.
Color has a sharpening aspect, affecting our senses and intellect simultaneously. These paintings reflect my passion for color and its interaction with the beauty of natural elements.
Wood-grain patterns are exciting and varied since each is specific to what was once a living tree, as unique as our fingerprints and as important as the colors I use. Both contribute to the meaning and structure of every work. Many layers of different colors applied one color layer at a time, enhance each wood-grain pattern and increase the painting's luminosity. The character of that wood affects the way the color is received, so transparent colors continue being layered on until the painting starts to bloom.
My colors often change as the viewer moves, or the light shifts. I am conscious of that interplay. Hard edges and color bands also enhance the spatial and color effects of each work revealing, in a sense, another way of seeing that world. [July 2016]
Rose Olson is a painter with Studios in Beverly and Boston's South-End, where she grew up. After graduating from Tufts University, she taught at several colleges in the area including Montserrat College of Art where she joined their full-time faculty and earned the rank of Professor. She is a colorist, continually influenced by the beauty of natural elements.