Jennifer Olson

Jennifer Olson is a representational watercolour artist from Victoria, BC. Her remarkable work combines raw and refined elements to celebrate seemingly ordinary subjects – the worn textures of a weathered building, the shadows of a winter landscape, the golden glow of pears soaked in soft light.

Unique in their strong contrast, quality of light and brilliant luminosity, Jennifer’s original paintings and commissions are held in private and corporate collections across Canada and around the world.

Recognized nationally as a three-time recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Grant for representational artwork, Jennifer received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from the Alberta College of Art and Design. Jennifer regularly exhibits at juried exhibitions across Vancouver Island and the lower mainland, and was recently recognized as a signature member of the Federation of Canadian Artists.

Along with her artistic achievements, Jennifer is an accomplished custom picture framer and fine art instructor. She delights in sharing techniques and time with her students, balancing the solitude of painting with the community of teaching.

Artist Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, AB (2001-2004)
    Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with honours - painting major
  • University of Victoria, Victoria, BC (2000-2001)
    Faculty of Fine Arts – first year visual arts major

Exhibitions

2013

  • Summer Show, Omega Gallery, Vancouver, BC (two person show)
  • Success, Signature Status Exhibition, Federation of Canadian Artists, Federation Gallery, Vancouver, BC (juried)
  • Spring Exhibition, Federation of Canadian Artists, Victoria Chapter, Victoria, BC (juried)

2012

  • Spring Exhibition, Federation of Canadian Artists, Victoria Chapter, Victoria, BC (juried)
  • Sooke Fine Arts Show, Sooke, BC (juried)
  • Fall Exhibition, Federation of Canadian Artists, Victoria Chapter, Victoria, BC (juried)
  • Sidney Fine Art Show, Sidney, BC (juried)

2011

  • The Village Restaurant, Victoria, BC (solo)
  • Sidney Fine Arts Show, Sidney, BC (juried)
  • Federation of Canadian Artists, Victoria Chapter, Spring Exhibition, Victoria, BC (juried)
  • Filberg Festival, Comox, BC (juried)
  • Moss Street Paint In, Victoria, BC (group)

2010

  • Passages, Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC (with Lisa Hebden)
  • Federation of Canadian Artists, Victoria Chapter, Spring Exhibition, Victoria, BC (juried)
  • Look Victoria, Bay Centre, Victoria, BC (group)
  • Sidney Fine Arts Show (juried)
  • Sooke Fine Arts Show (juried)
  • Filberg Festival, Comox, BC (group, juried)
  • Moss Street Paint In, Victoria, BC (group)

2009

  • Campbell River Art Gallery - Members Show (group, juried)
  • Art & Bloom Festival, Courtenay, BC (group, juried)
  • Federation of Canadian Artists Still Life Show, Federation Gallery, Granville Island, BC (group, juried)
  • Filberg Festival, Comox, BC (group, juried)

2008

  • Federation of Canadian Artists Show, Pearl Ellis Gallery, Comox, BC (group, juried)
  • Originals Only (December), Comox, BC (group, juried)
  • Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens Artisans Festival, Courtenay, BC - Featured Artist (group, juried)
  • Originals Only (August), Comox, BC (group, juried)
  • Filberg Festival, Comox, BC (group, juried)

2007

  • Painting on the Edge, Federation of Canadian Artists' Gallery, Vancouver, BC (group, juried)
  • Moss Street Paint-In, Victoria, BC (group)
  • Look Victoria, The Bay Centre, Victoria, BC (group)

Awards, Grants & Scholarships

2011

  • Sidney Fine Arts Show – People’s Choice Award
  • Federation of Canadian Artists – Victoria Chapter, Spring Exhibition, Honorable Mention

2010

  • Federation of Canadian Artists - Victoria Chapter, Spring Exhibition, Award of Excellence
  • Look Victoria, Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria - People's Choice Award

2009

  • Federation of Canadian Artists Show - Award of Excellence

2008

  • Campbell River Art Gallery - Members Show, People's Choice Award

2007

  • Painting on the Edge – International juried exhibition - Opus Framing and Art Supplies Award

Memberships & Associations

  • Federation of Canadian Artists, Signature Status (AFCA)
  • Associates of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
  • Art Gallery of Greater Victoria