Oil PaintingTomi Olson

“In Hawaii I was so stunned by the rich colors in the ocean and the native flora and fauna that I  HAD  to paint them.”

After a career in healthcare, Tomi can now devote more time to painting in her favorite medium which is oils…though she also enjoys acrylics and drawing in ink.

Tomi came to California from the Midwest by way of Hawaii. In Hawaii she was so stunned by the rich colors in the ocean and the native flora and fauna that she “HAD” to paint them.

In the early ’70’s she  began developing her sense of color. This was further helped along by Gloria Foss of the Foss School of Fine Art in the islands. Gloria prodded her to “take a chance” with color.

Study with a number of California artists has contributed to her ever-changing and improving style. Today, she enjoys painting local scenes plein aire and experimenting with abstracts.

Tomi’s work is in collections around the world and nationally. She is honored to have a painting in the exclusive collection at the Redlands Community Hospital gallery.

Tomi continues to paint prolifically when, as she says, “I’m in the groove.”