Rainey Olson was born in San Francisco and presently resides in Sonoma County, California. At a very early age she loved to draw and paint. At nine years old she was given Jon Gray’s book on drawing and it intensified her desire to become an artist. Although she painted on her own for many years, it was not until she met Dutch trained artist Andre Andreoli that she became a serious artist. He was a great friend and inspiration to her as he encouraged and mentored her for five years.
She was first very moved by Joseph William Turner and his striking depth of blended colors. Being introduced to the work of the impressionists had a definite influence and changed her style. Rainey has always been drawn to the charm of doors and windows surrounded by flowers, and Andre helped her combine her love for impressionists with the clarity of realism. Her desire to express beauty and sense of peace in realized in her works, which draws upon one’s imagination to experience their own story.
Rainey has received several awards for her work. She has shown her art work at the New Simic Renaissance Gallery in Carmel, the Blue Heron Gallery in Mistletoe Gallery in the Hunter Valley, Sydney Australia.