Featured Artwork: Olaf Schneider

"It's a Wonderful Day" by Olaf Schneider

“It’s a Wonderful Day”

Oil on canvas

40 x 60 in.



About the Artist:

Olaf Schneider acquired a strong hands-on education in art while working full-time at age 21 with Canada’s leading outdoor advertising company and painting very large scale pictorials with some of the world’s seasoned fine artists. His art education has continued with independent and occasional formal studies in oil painting. The resulting works display his affinity for the classical tradition.

Olaf is a prolific Canadian painter inspired by the power and diversity of the northern landscape, and anything that needs a “second look”. An explorer by nature, the artist travels across North America and Europe, gaining inspiration and discovering new color combinations by painting on location.  His large-scale canvases are necessarily created in the studio. For Olaf, each piece represents an intense exploration and refinement of his personal pictorial sensitivities, especially as they relate to beauty, form, light, and shade. Composition, color, and craftsmanship are all elements that become the building blocks of his work.

“Each dab I make is stimulated by the details that I observe. I hope to see what others miss and then make it compelling. I push and alter the colors to suit my ravenous needs and I love to improvise on the spot.”

Olaf has a passion for a variety of subjects. Through his art, he expresses his love for life and his affinity for vibrant color.

“I like to use expressive and thick impasto brushstrokes or soft blended strokes to render a sense of movement and texture giving the painting a life of its own. My interpretation of color also sets the dynamic mood. The tones often range from the darkest to the lightest in an effort to achieve maximum drama. This creative combination is spontaneous and intuitive.”

To keep his mind clear and focused he limits his exposure to all the media ‘noise’ we generally are pummeled with daily. He does not watch TV and restricts his time on the computer. He starts his day with God in prayer and meditation. Painting 6 to 10 hours a day is common practice. Equally important to Olaf is continued growth and learning.

“I want to always have an open mind so that new ideas may come in. In the mind of an expert, there are few possibilities, but in the mind of an amateur they become endless. This is a God-given gift and I value it greatly. If I am able to bring emotion, understanding, comfort, or joy into another person’s life then I am using it wisely in His glory.”

website: www.olaf.ca

email:  [email protected]

phone: 416.879.1965

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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