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John Olson

I came to Vermont in 1967 after a time in the service. I started to paint part-time in 1973 and began to sell my paintings in 1980. I sold my very first town painting, that of Colchester, in 1981. My paintings have been and continue to be shown in galleries throughout Vermont. In 1985, I set a goal to paint every town in the state. I assigned a number (noted on the back of each painting) to the first painting of each town as I progressed. There are 251 towns in Vermont and I’ve painted 244 to date.

Most of my work is done at home in my studio. Once I select a subject from photographs I’ve taken, I do a pencil-sketch and begin painting on hardboard prepared with a primer. I paint with palette knives from start to finish, using brushes only occasionally with each painting.

Sometimes I am able to paint outside on location. This is a wonderful way to see nature’s true colors and shadings. It’s a great way for me to start a painting and put some good feeling into it with a brush. Afterwards, I’ll return to my studio and finish with my palette knives. They give me the finished effect I like.


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