“Art is standing with one hand extended into the universe and one hand extended into the world, and letting ourselves be a conduit for passing energy.” – Albert Einstein
As a Contemporary Canadian artist, Derek’s more traditional works refer to the physical and natural environment around him. The vision is always his. Personal and emotive. He brings that reference to the canvas by utilizing traditional techniques in drawing and painting while staying true to his favoured palette of saturated hues.
Using the natural environment as a departure point Derek Olson reduces landscape into basic visual information that provides the viewer with imagery that is not bound by geographical location. Derek explores the light and colour that make up the essence of the place while his limited palette creates an atmospheric depth.