An interview with The Artful Painter

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Carl Olson is a fine art painter, photographer, filmmaker, and the voice behind The Artful Painter podcast. Each episode of the podcast is a collection of art lessons by artists, for artists, collectors, and all people who enjoy art. I am pleased and honored to have been interviewed by this talented guy.


Olson  became a fine art painter later in life. He said, “The interest had always been there; however, painting remained in the background mostly as a hobby while I ran a successful web-based design and content production company. My team and I wrote software that glued together the intricate processes of businesses and commerce. Striving for the utmost in software quality and reliability, I envisioned each line of code as if it were a finely executed brush stroke of luscious oil paint in a masterpiece. After running this business several decades, I now focus on creating fine art. Oil paint, canvas, and an easel have replaced the command line and software development tools I used for so many years.”

Concerning the podcast, Carl states,  “I interview established artists as well as share my own thoughts on the process of learning to paint. The show covers fundamental and advanced skills in painting using oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, and all the mediums, substrates, and tools used in creating beautiful paintings and drawings. You will learn from other artists the skills you need to become a better painter – both in the studio and outdoors as a plein air painter.”

Thanks, Carl, for including me among an amazing lineup of artists that you have interviewed…and to the reader of this blog…I hope you enjoy the interview. Please let me know if it’s been helpful.


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