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I work in several mediums and enjoy discovering and trying new ones. Transparent watercolor has kept my interest for over 40 years. I enjoy binding my own watercolor and art journals and I worked 27 years as a graphic artist for a newspaper / magazine publisher. I also freelance as an illustrator for local advertising agencies. I enjoy paper crafting of all kinds.

Visit my YouTube channel for crafting ideas, watercolor demos, and fun vintage, antique and crafting hauls. Chris O. Art & Design

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Valhalla Pier, Lake Tahoe, California
transparent watercolor by Chris Olesen

Education: AA degree in Art and Business, including classes in Drawing, Painting, Life Drawing, Life Sculpture, Ceramics, Pottery, Fiber Arts, Applied Crafts, Applied Design, Graphic Arts and more. Numerous Workshops in Watercolor, Chinese Brush Painting and Plienair Watercolor Painting.

Teaching: Watercolor at Western Nevada College, and Academy of Arts, Utah.

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Moody Miss
transparent watercolor by Chris Olesen
This painting is from a photograph my mother took of me when I was small. We were on a camping trip and I wasn't a Happy Camper!

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A few of my hand bound books,
including several watercolor journals.

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