Greg  Olsen

Greg Olsen was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and grew up in the nearby farming community of Iona. He is the oldest of five children. Greg was blessed with very supportive parents who always encouraged him and provided opportunities for him to pursue his passion of art. Greg remembers a time as a teenager when he had been hired to paint a large sign for a local grocery store. It was wintertime and too cold to paint in the garage so his parents let him set up a workshop in his bedroom. He promptly spilled two quarts of black and orange enamel paint all over his bedroom carpet. Amazingly, his parents still encouraged him in his artistic endeavors.

Greg’s mother said, “Greg began showing an interest in art when he was in about the 4th or 5th grade.  He asked for a John Nagey art set for Christmas, which came with detailed instructions about values, shading, perspective, etc.  It also came with a plentiful supply of paper and different shades of black, grey and white chalk, along with colored pencils.  Greg seemed to enjoy practicing with these and received encouragement from his school teacher as well as at home.

“By the time Greg reached junior high School he began to take it quite seriously, and when he entered Bonneville High School he was fortunate to have an extremely good art teacher who, perhaps, contributed more to Greg’s art education and desire to make it his life’s work than any other person.”

After high school Greg attended Utah State University where he studied art. While attending school he met his wife, Sydnie Cazier. They have six children and are enjoying their new role as grandparents. Greg likes being close to his family. He paints in his studio, 37 steps from the back door of their home.

Learn more about Greg Olsen at www.gregolsen.com

Light of the World by Greg Olson

Light of the World

Metaphoric examples of Christ and light are plentiful in the scriptures, both in the Bible: “Then spake Jesus again unto ...
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Lost No More by Greg Olson

Lost No More

This painting depicts Jesus Christ as the Good Shepherd, sitting with a shepherd’s crook and a lamb at His feet. ...
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Be Not Afraid by Greg Olson

Be Not Afraid

The title of this painting comes from the book of Joshua in the Old Testament: “Be strong and of a ...
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Precious in His Sight by Greg Olson

Precious in His Sight

In this painting, Jesus shows the child on his lap a butterfly on the end of His finger.  The artist ...
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Forever and Ever by Greg Olson

Forever and Ever

This painting depicts Jesus holding a child on His lap.  The artist Greg Olsen’s daughter Kylie was the model for ...
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The Good Shepherd by Greg Olson

The Good Shepherd

Among the many scriptures that reference Christ as the shepherd, two in particular come to mind with this artwork. The ...
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