M. Kelly Olsen
Thirty years living and working in more than a dozen foreign countries, has provided ample opportunity to experience and appreciate Art. From Southwest Asia to the Far-East, and Europe, being exposed to such diverse cultures provided unparalleled insight into that magical place we call, The Creative Process.
Throughout this nomadic first career, a bubble formed wherein close friends and family were the select few to see my creations. Now my second career, and my first love - the creation of abstract paintings - and full of desire to share my work as much as possible.
How did I get to this point? My creative influences to are primarily threefold: M. C. Escher, Frank Lloyd Wright, and my Dad. As a young man, discovering M. C. Esher was positively life-altering. Now as much as then, his writings and visual descriptions of The Infinite, are intoxicating, meticulous, and mysteriously full of Hope. Frank Lloyd Wright brought the Spiritual into (then) Modern Design. His visual and physical creations exude subtle elegance, and were the primary reason I began university as a student of architecture. To have my Dad, carpenter / inventive thinker, as an ingenious influence was an irreplaceable pleasure. It never ceased to amaze how his imaginative and resourceful approach would be the catalyst for the "Ah-hah moment" we needed - whether we were trying to create a fix for something, or fix something we just created.
My compositions convey - The Infinite Expanse of Time and Distance; they are meant to evoke smiles from the presentation, or playful title. Time and Distance - Not, Time and Space. Everyone has preconceived notions of Space, so preference is given to the more slippery, and elusive – Distance.
I utilize primarily two compositions: First, the audience is taken inside a boundary, wherein Infinity is eluded to with a never-ending ribbon, or continual visual path. Second, the image leaves the boundary while exposing only the beginning of the story - illustrating only a nanosecond, or microscopic section of The Infinite. For all works, no computers are used. I am not anti-technology; I simply don't enjoy using most technology as part of the creative process. All paintings arrive directly from my mind, using old-school hand tools put to archival paper. Every painting utilizes colored ink alone, or colored ink and colored pencil. It's my sincerest wish to provide the viewer with a pleasant distraction, and better still - a reason to smile.