Olansen is a retired Mechanical Engineer. He has painted in oils, pastels, acrylics and watercolor for more than thirty years. Initially self-taught, in recent years Ron has taken courses in drawing, paintings, sculpture, illustration and graphic design at Lyme Academy of Fine Arts, the Guilford Art Center and Middlesex Community College.
He has drawn numerous pencil portraits on commission and loves to paint still lifes, seascapes and landscapes inspired by the drawings and paintings of Andrew Wyeth, Chardin, Vermeer and the Impressionists. Olansen has also carved numerous stone sculptures, working mainly in granite.
Olansen’s works have been shown at Clinton Art Gallery, Spectrum Art Gallery, Noank Historical Society, and at various art shows throughout Southeast Connecticut. My paintings and sculptures are presently being shown at the Women’s Exchange in Old Lyme and R. J. Vickers Herbery in Chester Connecticut.