Rachel Olsen


 Rachel paints vibrant and compelling works in her own rich and distinctive style. She enjoys capturing the beauty and character of her chosen subjects, which vary from land and seascapes to portrait and figure studies.
Rachel's best known works to date have a unique 'New Zealand' flavour, and evoke a feeling of warm familiarity reminding us of times and places close to our hearts. They feature in particular the east coast of the Coromandel which has been her home for the last 20 years since making the move from Auckland in 1989.
Having worked with glass earlier in her career, Rachel made the change to painting in 1997 and had her first solo exhibitions in 1999 and 2001.
Since then she has exhibited in many group exhibitions and has had her work chosen to feature on numerous calendar publications 2000-2010, a Progressive Enterprises Promotion for reusable shopping bags featuring NZ Art in 2004, a set of 4 Telecom phone cards in 2006, and a promotion of 'kiwi holiday baches' in Auckland Regional Parks for ARC in 2008-9.
Over the last 12 years Rachel has also completed many commission works and has paintings in private collections throughout NZ and overseas.
Her work has featured in several publications, including -
‘Art New Zealand Today, 60 Exhibiting Artists‘, by Elizabeth Caughey, 2001
‘A Painted Country,- Contemporary NZ Artists Paint Their Favourite Places',
By Denis Robinson, 2007
‘New Zealand's Favourite Artists 2‘, by Denis Robinson, 2008
Rachel has participated in several art retreats at Lochmara Lodge Wildlife Recovery & Arts Centre in the Marlborough Sounds, and is a member of Eco Artists NZ which was established by the Lodge in 2007. She accepted an invitation to be the Lochmara Lodge Artist in Residence for Labour Weekend 2008.
Currently exhibiting from her Cooks Beach home studio in Mercury Bay on the Coromandel Peninsula, and her online gallery - www.rachelolsen.co.nz
Rachel also takes part in the annual 'Mercury Bay Art Escape' open studio tour of artists in the eastern Coromandel region.