Chuck Olson

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The region of Western Pennsylvania has literally formed the background of my development- my birth, my upbringing, my education, and my work. I have a French wife and Franco-American life that wonders about where it belongs. Restlessness, caused by cultural collision, allows me the potential to see differently, to take in things differently and to be in a state of "missing" things in between America and France. American energy and French mystery drive me.

I look at painting as a response and invention that seeks to extend curiosity and possibilities. It has assumed many roles throughout its long history. Paintings are built by decision and reaction- often finding character in the many traces of this deliberation left on the canvas. My painting has long been a response to my fascination with history as it is wedded to its artifacts and to the landscape upon which events have played themselves out. The dynamic between artifact and landscape lead to a third subject with which to further explore; a relationship between abstract and representational.

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