Curtis Olson is an artist and co-owner of J GO Gallery. In other incarnations he has worked as a writer, a designer, and an award winning architect whose wide-ranging projects span 7 countries and combine cutting-edge design with environmentally sensitive planning and materials. His art is shown nationally and internationally and is held in the permanent collections of the Museums of Santa Barbara, Nicolaysen, and The State of Wyoming as well as many corporate collections. He was awarded the individual Artist Fellowship by the Wyoming Arts Council.Olson received an Architecture degree from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. He has studied graphic design and fine arts at the University of Maryland, College Park and at the University of California, Berkeley. (Read more below)
For his foundation Olson constructs a wood panel. Next applying thick layers of a special colored cement-plaster mix, and frequently embedding wood or metal– which has been patinaed over the course of a couple of years in the “metal garden” outside his studio– he build the structure and composition of the piece. One of his images or photographs of the western landscape may be incorporated at this point. To achieve the right texture, Olson then sands the piece. Finally he’ll apply layers of paints, dyes, inks and waxes, then remove and re-apply them; reworking until he achieves the right balance of elements for the piece.