works with paper


The making of visual images has been a part of my life from an early age. I fondly remember the feeling of accomplishment in using the discovery process when playing with a variety of materials as a child. I recognize today that the feeling of accomplishment I felt then, means that I have opportunities of growth today. The nature of discovery, along with the potential for growth when creating, still fuels a passion to this present day. My art-making journey has continued since that young age.



David Olson

The present artwork uses paper as the vehicle for discovery. I found that using paper provides a basis for me to visualize the movement that I feel with my body and mind. The sensations I visualize come from life activities that start when I wake up, continuing with the disciplines I use as I go through the day. Paper has a transitory aspect to its nature, yet has characteristics of permanence. This mindfulness continues throughout the making of the work, from surface manipulation of mark making through acknowledging the first cut and fold.




Artist Express: David Olson

Works in Paper


studio morning...

DSGP Memorial Sculpture

linear paper work...

The Wind, a sculpture by David Olson

Paper Perspectives, David Olson's exhibit at the Deines Cultural Center.

work in process...



My formal visual art education in the visual arts started with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas, a Master of Arts degree from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale in Carbondale, Illinois.

The experiences of life continue to be my teacher, where I respond daily to the sculptural journeys started and completed in my studio.




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