My formal training was in nursing.  I enjoyed working in labor, delivery and NICU. I spent a couple of years working as an office nurse but missed the excitement in the hospital setting.

I’m a self taught artist.  I love color, time worn articles and architecture, striking photographs, beautiful gardens, landscapes and anything else visually stimulating. For a couple of glorious years, we lived in Burlington, Vermont. We were surrounded by beautiful landscapes, colorful seasons and memorable old buildings. The culture and antique shop windows inspired me to dabble in watercolor. I enjoy learning the characteristics of an object such as wood, glass, rusted metal etc. Depending on size, subject and complexity, a painting may take from one to two months to complete. I hope through my work, one can recognize the beautiful everyday visuals often missed.

Our family has lived and traveled extensively in the United States and my paintings reflect my travels. We moved to Arizona permanently in 1994.  I do miss the North Eastern subject matter.

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Jean Olson-Sumption

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