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. 


Minneapolis is breaking its heart right now.   Or we are heartbroken here.  Which is it?   And more than that, how do we go forward?  I believe in justice and peace.  I am doing the work of seeing myself in the midst of this pain. 

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 in my studio.

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