Artistic Painting Background
I graduated in Fine Arts – Painting – with an emphasis in Drawing and Printmaking from San Francisco State University in 1992. I live in Madrid, Spain; although I grew up in San Diego, California USA. I’ve been painting in the Retiro Park located in Madrid, Spain on- and- off since 1994 and previously in the 80’s during the creative movement here in Madrid called ‘La Movida Madrileña’. I’ve got a record of almost all of my artwork on my webpage if you would like to have a look. My Grandmother, Maria de Laguno Y Zuzaurregui, an official copiest at the Museum of Prado in Madrid Spain, signed me up as a copyist at the Prado Museum to study the Masters. The first painting I copied was Alonso Cano’s Jesus sustained by an Angel.
Jésus Sostenido por un Àngel.
Reproduction of La Infanta Doña Margarita de Austria by Diego Velázquez; painted by Victoria Olson O’Donnell 1983.
Diego Velázquez is another of my favorite painters. I chose this painting to learn how he used optical greys and transparencies.
At the same time, I was studying at Taller Villalar Centro Superior de Artes Plasticas. Taller Villalar gave me the opportunity to volunteer at the Exposición ARCO in Madrid as a translator for the Taller Villalar Gallery during the peak of the Movida Madrileña. I had a unique experience with this small group of artists. At this point, I stopped copying paintings at the Museum of Prado.
I’m the one on the far left in the picture, behind the tiger-like guy, Jose, the etching instructor. In 1985 I returned to San Diego, California and enrolled at Grossmont college.
In 1989, I transferred to San Diego State University.
San Diego Art Institute had a Midsummer Award Show in 1990. I submitted the painting called Spanish Cottage and got first place with two others. The juror, Deloss Mc Graw, split the award between the three of us because he said each one of us represented a different style and were equally good. Here you can see how happy I was to win an award in a large group show.
I transferred to San Francisco State University in 1990. I found myself lucky enough to be able to study with Robert Bechtle, Richard Mclean and Barbara Foster and many others.
Soon after graduating from San Francisco State University in 1992, I returned to Madrid, Spain. Since then, I’ve had a few art exhibitions in different Cities in Spain as well as exhibiting in San Diego, California.
I’ve been painting Open Air in the Retiro Park in Madrid Spain for many years and the Casa de España in San Diego was the perfect place to exhibit my work.
These paintings were painted in Open Air at the Retiro Park in Madrid, Spain. It’s my favorite place to paint in direct.
Watercolor is one of my favorite mediums. I use watercolor to practice capturing light, form and color quickly. For larger pieces, I use egg tempera on Canvas. My favorite scenes to paint in tempera are related to ancient literature, mythology and Greek tragedy . These two peices represent more or less what I’m doing now.
and I still paint in my favorite park. The Retiro in Madrid, Spain.