about me


I draw and paint and write and talk. I love being with children.   I used to work in public radio.  I have been a Montessori teacher and administrator.    I provide speaking services, freelance illustration, and learning sessions for Montessori preschool students.

I fill small sketchbooks and journals with my drawing and writing.    I love crowded city streets and windswept mountaintops.   Yellow used to be my favorite color but right now it might be fuchsia.   I swim in lakes and hike on trails and paddle on rivers.   I play the piano late at night.   I have grown a garden and shoveled snow and cooked dinner and hosted parties and raised our children and ridden my bike in Minneapolis for 36 years. 


I moved to New York City in the fall of 2021.  I'm making a home here for a while.  I'm learning to love Brooklyn (Ft. Greene in particular) and to make my way to the school where I teach on my bike, along the Hudson River.   As 2022 begins, I feel a bit overwhelmed and hopeful at the same time.   I want to be a better citizen of the planet and a voice for equity in all I do.  I am trying to manage my anger and despair with fierce and open gentleness.

In my sixties,  it feels imperative to muscle into my art.

I have a daily practice of drawing and writing.

I want to share my work with you.

Olesen- George Floyd.jpeg

My watercolor portrait of George Floyd was exhibited in the

NorthStar Watermedia National Juried Exhibition 

October 2-November 13, 2020 / Wildwood Library /Mahtomedi, Minnesota