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NSTRUCTOR: Classes and seminars in portrait, figure, and general sculpting techniques. Assistant instructor in lost wax casting, Bellevue, Washington .
COMMISSIONED WORK (partial list):
SHOWS AND AWARDS:* 18 Hands Gallery, featured artist, Houston, TX
* Art on the Avenue, Houston , TX for the past several years.
* Gallery 3, Houston, TX 2009
* Art Exhibition, Winter Street Studios, Houston , TX
* Art exhibition, Mind Puddles Gallery, Houston , TX
* Art exhibition, Poissant Gallery, Houston , TX
* First place, juried show, Kenmore , WA
* Second place, juried show, Mountelake Terrace , WA
* Traveling art exhibition to Japan
* Honorable mention and Second Place , juried show, Edmonds Art
* First Place, juried show, Snohomish Arts Council show, Everett , WA
* Cultural Commission Award, Snohomish Arts, Everett , WA
* Two purchase awards, Artsplash, Redmond , WA
Sculpting Gesture, Animal and Human: Archie-Bray Foundation, with Beth
Cavener Stichter and Tip Toland
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN GENERAL SCIENCE: University of Iowa
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Carrie Olsen is well known as an innovative and imaginative artist. She has worked in many different mediums, including bronze, steel, aluminum, cement, clay, wood, and plaster. Her work can be found in public and private collections in the United States , Middle East , and Japan . Her portrait sculpture is found in many homes and businesses. Her latest work has been creation of whimsical steel-and-cement horses and horses that incorporate car parts. She also has taught classes in portrait and figurative art and technical classes in some of the mediums she uses. She has sculpted portraits including Sir Walter Lindal of Lindal Cedar Homes, Joe Bob Briggs of television, and Kaoru Iwamoto, the renowned Japanese Go master, and many other individuals. Her figures of clay and aluminum are each totally unique, made by pouring aluminum in a manner that attaches it to fired clay pieces. This is an unpredictable but exciting technique, and yields pieces varied in texture and form.
She also studied forensic facial reconstruction, the fascinating technique of building a face onto a skull for purposes of identification or historical interest. "It really was an extension of the way I work, because I always start a portrait by making a skull, adapting it to the individual, and then adding the face. The forensics is great because the skull is there for you, so half the work is already done."
Her horse sculptures began after she was inspired when commissioned to do a "portrait" of a friend's horse, leading to creation of a series of whimsical horses which have been extremely popular. These horses, too, have won awards, and have been sent to Japan for an exchange of art with sister cities through the Port of Everett, Washington. "I feel I am still experimenting. There are so many new materials and each seems to pull at a different part of my imagination."