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The Artist


From an early age I have always been fascinated by paintings that create mood, emotion and atmosphere; especially those paintings that lift me and transport me to some far off place. These are the elements I strive to create in my paintings. My paintings in many ways record what is most important to me: my feelings and experiences with family and friends along with the spiritual aspects of my life. My hope is that in these images you will find something familiar, something which will resonate and remind you of what is important in your own life.”  –  Greg Olsen

Greg Olsen was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho and grew up in the nearby farming community of Iona. He is the oldest of five children. Greg was blessed with very supportive parents who always encouraged him and provided opportunities for him to pursue his passion of art. Greg remembers a time as a teenager when he had been hired to paint a large sign for a local grocery store. It was wintertime and too cold to paint in the garage so his parents let him set up a workshop in his bedroom. He promptly spilled two quarts of black and orange enamel paint all over his bedroom carpet. Amazingly, his parents still encouraged him in his artistic endeavors.

Greg’s mother said, “Greg began showing an interest in art when he was in about the 4th or 5th grade.  He asked for a John Nagey art set for Christmas, which came with detailed instructions about values, shading, perspective, etc.  It also came with a plentiful supply of paper and different shades of black, grey and white chalk, along with colored pencils.  Greg seemed to enjoy practicing with these and received encouragement from his school teacher as well as at home.

By the time Greg reached Jr. high School he began to take it quite seriously, and when he entered Bonneville High School he was fortunate to have an extremely good art teacher, who perhaps, contributed more to Greg’s art education and desire to make it his life’s work than any other person.”

After high school Greg attended Utah State University where he studied art. While attending school he met his wife, Sydnie Cazier. They have six children and are enjoying their new role as grandparents. Greg likes being close to his family. He paints in his studio, 37 steps from the back door of their home.


7 thoughts on “The Artist

  1. Mr. Olsen,
    I just had to write and say that I’m astounded by the beauty of your paintings. I’ve never seen or felt Jesus in the way he is depicted in your paintings and this loving, smiling, “human” way of seeing Him is beyond beautiful! I feel a connection with Him that’s stronger than before, and it’s because of how you’ve portrayed him. Your talent is amazing, and I feel so uplifted by your work every time I see it.

    Thank-you so much for giving the world such gorgeous art, and for helping me to feel closer to Jesus. It’s a real blessing!

  2. I have to say Mr. Olsen, whenever I feel down about my spiritual condition or I’m battling a sin in my life you’re paintings are a great source of encouragement. You’re paintings display a sort of reverence and holiness, yet personal connection and kindness that I don’t see in other artists. Thank you for such wonderful art, and keep up the good work! God Bless

  3. The first I bought from you, was Lost then found. I saw it and shared an image of it to my friend of 29 years on Facebook. The young man in the picture looked just like her son Bronson. Bronson had just been murdered Christmas morning. On his way to his mother’s house. He was just 23 years old. Her baby. She fell in love with it. She wanted to know how she could get one. I kept you secret until February, when all her family could be there for Bronson’s memorial. I had the picture she has for your sent to her. The Joy and love she enjoys throughout each day from your inspirational spirit lead work is a Blessing and a tender mercy from the Lord for Pam, Bronson’s mother. Now she knows of your website. As of so many others that have asked her for it the boy in the picture looks just like her son and yes he was lost in this life. She is a kind-hearted Christian woman. Lives alone now brunson’s father left when she was four and a half months pregnant with him and she never remarried period through your artwork could this picture this piece that you created and she sees Brunson speaking with the Lord every time she sees it, often, always, thank you for bringing her son with the Lord in the way that speaks to her. Two other boys were killed in a car accident, on the way to Bronson’s memorial. Each of these women now want the same painting, with blonde hair on the young man. Pam just gave them your phone number and website. Again Thank you so very much

  4. Greg,
    You painted a picture of my grandpa, Tom Shurtliff. Now, my dad is 90, and he is wondering who your parents and grandparents are. As you know, Iona was a small community and he knew about everyone who lived there.
    Thank you for including my grandpa in your art. My son has a canvas of the picture hanging in his insurance office.
    I remember you from high school and never knew that I was in the company of someone so talented.
    I hope you will have someone get back to me with the info on your parents as dad has been I’ll with shingles for the past 16 months.
    Thanks so much! And God bless you!

  5. Your depiction of Christ is one of the most inspiring that I have ever seen. The expression on His face is inviting, and you often show him smiling. This is my view of him. I was fortunate enough to see a film of His life that portrayed a multi-emotional Jesus–laughing, crying, smiling, compassionate, angry–and this changed my perspective. Your presentations have reinforced my image of Jesus as welcoming, even of us most imperfect humans, rather than the sober Jesus whom we find difficult to believe could forgive anything. Although a life-long Christian, I find myself finally opening to His forgiveness. And, though I “stumbled” across your website, I don’t believe at all in coincidences. May our Lord bless you and continue to guide you in His Way.

  6. You are a gift, thank you for sharing your noble vision. Indeed you inspire and touch hearts. Beauty and grace come alive through your art. Thank you.

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