Artistic Background

Artistic Painting Background

It all started with my Grandmother…and my Parents who have always encouraged  me to follow my dreams.

This is where I spent a lot of time when I went to Madrid Spain - In my Grandma's Studio.

My Grandmother with Student 1983.

 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’.  My Grandmother, Maria de Laguno Y Zuzaurregui, an official copyist 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 Jesus Sustained by an Angel by Alonso Cano painted by Victoria Olson O'Donnell

Reproduction of Jesus Sustained by an Angel by Alonso Cano painted by Victoria Olson O’Donnell in 1983

I chose to copy Jesus Sustained by an Angel because of the optical greys in the skin and the emotional content.

Reproduction of Diego Velazques' La Infanta Doña Margarita de Austria by Victoria Olson O'Donnell

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.

Taller Villalar Centro Superior de Artes Plasticas 1985

Class picture at the Taller Villalar Superior Art Center in Madrid, Spain 1983.

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. Here I was in Mr. Lum’s class.  I must say, he influenced me more than anyone else.

Canto II (94-108) The Gentle Lady in Heaven 1988

Canto II (94-108) The Gentle Lady in Heaven 1988

In 1989, I transferred to San Diego State University and painted this very personal painting below.

Reflexion 1998

Reflexion 1998

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.

San Diego Midsummer Award Show 1990

The juror, Deloss Mc Graw and I at the San Diego Art Institute Midsummer Award Show 1990.

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 at this marvelous state university. The watercolor below is of the Lithography Department.  I made this for Robert Bechtle’s class.

The Litho Department 1992

The Lithograph department 1991

This little drawing is from Richard McClean’s drawing class.

Cowboy Hat 1992

Cowboy Hat 1992.

I made this printin Barbara Foster’s Lithography class. This was a huge lime stone.

This is one of the lithography prints I made in Barbara Foster's Class.

She Wolf 1992- A lithography print

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.

My first exhibition when I returned to Madrid, Spain.

My first exhibition when I returned to Madrid, Spain 1996.

 As you can see I like painting glass and my own personal stuff.  Below is from a show in Lugo Spain.

Sala Almirante in Lugo, Spain.

Sala Almirante in Lugo, Spain 1997.

A newspaper clipping of an exhibition i had in Lugo, Spain.

A newspaper clipping of an exhibition I had in Lugo, Spain.  I showed Lithography Prints.

Exhibition at Palacio de Congresos Y Exposiciones de Madrid, Sala Miro 1998

Exhibition at Palacio de Congresos Y Exposiciones de Madrid, Sala Miro 1998.

Exhibition Sala Miro Madrid, Spain 1998

Exhibition Sala Miro Madrid, Spain 1998

Painting Exhibition in Casa de España - San Diego, California 2011

Painting Exhibition in Casa de España – San Diego, California 2011

Inauguracion de la Galeria de Arte de Mariana O'Donnell en el Puerto de Sotogrande 2012

A clipping from the popular magazine called Hello!  Inauguration at the Mariana O’Donnell Gallery in el Puerto de Sotogrande, Spain April 2012.

Painting Open Air in the Rose Garden at the Retiro Park in Madrid, Spain

Painting Open Air in the Rose Garden at the Retiro Park in Madrid, Spain

Although you can still find me painting plein air around in Madrid, Nowdays you can find me at the Plaza de los Pintores in Madrid every Sunday from 10am to 2pm.
The Plaza de los Pintores is located in the heart of Madrid at Plaza de Conde de Barajas.

A white tent at Plaza de los Pintores with watercolors, prints and oil paintings

Oil paintings, Prints and Watercolors

 

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12 thoughts on “Artistic Background

  1. I am studying the bible for a bit and I realized that our collective view of separation from Mind actually began not with Adam but with Eve’s dream. So I looked up images and found your painting which for me exemplifies the concept that joy, lasting joy that is, could be found in the material world. Hence Eve’s Dream.. And of course, in the lands of space and time there is nothing that is permanent. In my view, if we can wake up from the dream that we are separated from Infinite Love, we can find a permanent joy.

    Your work is exceptional and thank you for sharing your talents. All I can say is; Very Inspiring Indeed! Peace.

    Jimbro

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      • Victoria, I study in a fine Atelier program here and do a great deal of figure drawing in the local coops. There were many years when I wished I had followed your path, but I am experiencing somewhat of a rebirth and have met many fascinating and talented artists (and a few muses) from around the world. I will spend some more time on your site and continue the dialog

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