A story of sadness, beauty and healing

2 months ago I was commissioned to produce a piece of butterfly art for a client who had a poignant reason for doing so. Here is her story.

Some 7 years ago my client’s daughter passed away at age 11. During the interment service a large butterfly flew into the hall and since then my client has felt a strong spiritual connection to her daughter through butterflies. Having acquired a large display of real butterflies from the Natural History Museum, the client decided that she would commission me to incorporate 11 of her real butterflies into 750 of my feather varieties. Introduced to me by Tania Baxter Gallery this commission was a labour of love, as I am passionate about my work. It was not however created without substantial stress as the real butterflies were very fragile and easily damaged. Fortunately, I had a number of spares that I could use when the damage was too great.
Last Friday I delivered the work to a delightful & gracious client who loves the work and feels a little closer to her beloved daughter.

Michael Olsen Feb 12th, 2018


New Butterfly Art For My Son

On Saturday I had the pleasure of presenting one of my sons with a beautiful Butterfly Art commission.  Measuring 1800 cm wide and 80cm deep it is one of the larger boxes I have built and looks stunning in his family kitchen. He and his family are so happy with their new artwork as am I. From concept to the final product is always a slightly daunting prospect. This is  brought into closer focus when working with family or friends .

Will it look as they imagined, will the chosen colours work, will they be happy with it?

The answer on all fronts was yes, which was a relief.  I’m very proud of my work and this piece in my families home takes my pride to a new level.

Today I start a new and very special and meaningful commission that includes 11 real butterflies amid 100’s of my feather varieties.  More of this next week.