Magic realism  |  Acrylic paintings by Janie Olsen

Statement - Every story tells a picture...her acrylic paintings in a Magical Realism style can be whimsical, mystical at times, or just simply there. Being a continual daydreamer, passionately attracted to fairy tales, nature, romance, the notion of opposites–good, evil, chaos, ugly, beautiful on and on, there is always some sort of story (or hidden meaning) behind each painting in her mind. Sometimes it is difficult to put into words what the meaning of a piece is, but each painting is to speak for itself and have the viewer go away with his or her own thoughts about the piece. What the viewer thinks about her work is more important than the story she may give. Inspiration comes from nature, animals, music, poetry, and stories.


Biography - Janie Olsen, born and raised in Western Washington, currently has her home & studio in Monroe Washington. Having painted all her life she says “it is a spiritual, driving force within myself”.


Realizing art was going to be one of the main the focuses of her life she graduated from The Burnley School of Professional Art where she studied design and illustration.


Working as a graphic designer during the day for many years, she now paints full time with some freelance illustration projects as well. Her head is filled with ideas and she is constantly sketching, painting and thinking of her next piece - like the Bob Dylan song says-“Someday, everything is gonna be smooth like a rhapsody, when I paint my masterpiece”.


Janie has work in many private collections, on-going representation with Schack Art Center of Everett WA, Matzke Fine Art Gallery & Sculpture Park of Camano Island WA, Curious Nest, Seattle WA, A Lot of Flowers, Bellingham WA. and Studio Beju, Duvall WA. She was selected as Artist of the Year for Snohomish County in 2019. She also participates in local events throughout the year. See home page for her current events.

Artwork is sold through galleries. Please feel free to contact Janie Olsen at for gallery representation, detailed information about framed size, price of original paintings, and information on limited edition prints. ©2019