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My Artistic Journey

Hello, friends and followers! I’m bubbling with excitement to share some updates and reflections on my artistic journey with all of you.

This past year has been a whirlwind of emotions and observations regarding my artwork and how it resonates with you. I’ve seen the tides of sales ebb and flow, pushing me to pause and re-evaluate every aspect of my creative and business endeavours. This deep dive has led me to question everything – from my digital presence to the essence of my art itself. And yes, I’ve been wrestling with the big question: should I continue pursuing this passion of mine? The financial seesaw of sales dipping and costs climbing has been challenging, especially as I stand at the age of 79, not keen on the idea of tapping into my savings to keep the dream alive.

Yet, in the face of these hurdles, there’s a stubborn spark of optimism within me that refuses to go out. It’s driving me to explore new horizons, seek wisdom from peers and experts in the art world, and dive into potential collaborations that breathe fresh air into my work. There’s a thrilling sense of adventure on the horizon that’s absolutely invigorating!

In the spirit of exploration, I’ve embarked on a collaboration with a prominent art publishing company, venturing into a new line of artwork. I’ve been playing around with some innovative designs, all within the cosy dimensions of 70 x 50 cm. These pieces break new ground for me, showcased in deep box frames, uniquely framed with timber rather than my usual clear acrylic. The initial response over the past two months has been incredibly uplifting, filling me with the courage to dream bigger and broaden my brand’s horizons. I’m eager to see how this fresh approach will resonate with you and potentially revitalize sales. The future is a canvas yet to be painted, and my palette is ready!

As I jot down these musings, I’m basking in the gentle glow of the sun, serenaded by the joyful chirping of birds, all while strolling through Cassiobury Park, Hertfordshire with my Cockapoo, Martha, by my side. Life feels brilliantly vibrant. And did I mention it? I just celebrated my 79th birthday in the warm company of my beloved wife, toasting to the past and future with hearts full of hope.

Below, you’ll find a peek at some of my latest masterpieces. I hope they fill you with as much happiness as they’ve brought me. Together, let’s step forward with optimism and see what beautiful surprises lie ahead!



Upbeat or perhaps not?

My prescription for better mental health and little or nothing to do with Butterfly art.

I cannot be alone in feeling how damned hard it is to be upbeat about the future, life in general and just around the corner, Christmas. We are being bombarded with mostly negative and many tragic events that are taking place all over our world.

One way to survive this onslaught to the senses is to ignore them, or lock the problems up in a mental cupboard and forget they exist. But as feeling, responsible, caring and concerned inhabitants of the world we can’t do that, or can we? Surely it would be irresponsible?

But perhaps we can try as I have done, with some success. My simple answer is to limit (but not exclude) my exposure to the problems in the Middle East, global warming, Ukraine, earthquakes and more. The constant chatter in the news and social media invades our existence, IF WE ALLOW IT.

I do not allow it to happen to me and it works. I limit my exposure to the news and never ever get involved in social media banter and I feel all the better for it. I’m no less ignorant of world affairs if a little less taken up with minutiae. The distilled information I gather will not make the local, nor the world’s problems go away but it makes me feel better and supports my mental health. With improved mental health, I/we can be better individuals and if in some way we can look at life with more balance and be kind, we might, just might be able to sway the downbeat vibe toward an upbeat rhythm of life.

Here endeth the lesson for today.

Below are a few images of recent creations. Scout the kitten is just here to make you smile.



A Message of Hope in Trying Times

It’s impossible to share anything new about the state of the world that you haven’t already pondered. These are challenging times but maybe one day there’s a silver lining to be found even amid the clouds. Some individuals manage to maintain their optimism and resilience, carrying on as if the world’s difficulties are mere passing storms. I strive to be one of them, and I’m inspired by the resilience that people can display.

While history may be marred by wars that stretch back through the ages, we find ourselves in a time where our collective actions can shape the future. It’s a momentous responsibility, and I choose to view it as an opportunity to create history by fostering unity, compassion, and positive change.

Yes, there’s still sadness and destruction around us, but there are also stories of heroism and resilience that light up the darkest hours. We must remember that every challenge presents a chance for growth, and in adversity, we often discover our greatest strengths.

Amidst these global shifts, my creative spirit remains undiminished, and I’m delighted to share a few new artworks with you. Art has always been a refuge, a realm where I can find solace, express my creativity, and escape to a world of imagination.

The art business, like many other aspects of life, has faced its share of trials. However, I’ve been fortunate to receive recent orders, which fuel my passion for art and keep me going. These connections and opportunities are a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and its unwavering appreciation for beauty and creativity.

While my debut with Galeries Bartoux in France in July was a thrilling step forward, the recent economic turbulence has posed challenges in the art market and I’m waiting for my first sale. Nevertheless, I remain optimistic that things will eventually turn around.

In a bid to manage costs, I’ve relocated my studio to a more compact, cozy space. It may lack the grandeur of my previous studio, but it exudes a unique charm and is filled with the warmth of creativity. I’m even thinking about getting a lightbox to brighten up the place.

On a positive note, I’ve recently joined forces with ‘Brass Monkey’, a new gallery and coffee shop in Radlett, Hertfordshire, which has ignited my enthusiasm for new opportunities and artistic ventures.

Though I may not rely solely on prayer to transform the world’s negativity into positivity, I firmly believe in the power of collective action and resilience. Together, we can inspire change, urge those in power to make wiser decisions, and work towards a brighter future for all.

Until our next encounter.

‘Diaghilev’ at Brass Monkey Radlett

‘Arboria’ at Wyecliffe Gallery Walton on Thames 1100x900x10mm

‘Mouvementee’ at Wyecliffe Gallery Walton on Thames 750x750x100mm



August 2023

There’s not a huge amount to write about at this time of year so I thought I’d just add some words and post a few images that I find interesting. It’s obvious that August is not a great month as the majority of people are away on holiday and with the current economic climate sales of my works are very sporadic. However that does make me work a harder to generate leads and sales as well as create new ideas. As far as new ideas are concerned I’ve decided to move away from my scattered approach and create more recognisable shapes. I’ve added a few images below that illustrate what I’m starting to do and I’ll be happy to hear any comments.

Holding ‘hands’ with an Elephant in South Africa

‘Arboria’ 110x90cm Butterfly Art.

Apparently, a naturally coloured tree trunk that’s inspired me to attempt to replicate it.

“Big Hearted”
150x150cm. Very large and the most difficult project so far.

4 glorious elephants in the Kariega game reserve.

‘Pacaya’ 110x90cm

I love the digitally added frame in this room setting. I’m intending to start offering real versions in due course.




July 2023
My latest works and news. Short and sweet

Michael Olsen is an accomplished artist whose vibrant work has captivated the UK art-buying public, garnering him a growing number of followers. With his unique style and artistic vision, Olsen has managed to carve a niche for himself in the art world, and now he has reached an extraordinary pinnacle of acceptance with a renowned French gallery group, Galeries Bartoux.

This momentous achievement for Michael Olsen is a testament to his artistic talent and the widespread appreciation he has garnered. As his work continues to captivate audiences both in the UK and now in the prestigious French art scene, there is no doubt that Olsen’s star will continue to rise. For art enthusiasts and admirers alike, experiencing his art in the picturesque town of St Paul de Vence on the stunning Cote D’Azur, showcases three of Olsen’s exceptional artworks and is an opportunity not to be missed. This represents the culmination of his artistic journey thus far and an exciting milestone in his career.

The works showcased in the gallery offer a glimpse into the breadth and depth of Olsen’s artistic prowess. The artworks exude a sense of energy and passion, creating a visual symphony that resonates with the soul.

Olsen’s art is characterised by its vibrant colours and a sense of movement that brings his works to life. His ability to capture emotions and convey them through his art is truly remarkable. Each piece tells a story, evoking a range of feelings and leaving a lasting impression on the viewer.

100×100 deep framed timber box with art glass face.


March 2023

As an artist, I have the unique ability to capture the beauty of nature and translate it into a visual masterpiece. My creations are a testament to my creativity and talent, uncovered only a few short years ago.

One of the things that makes my work stand out is the use of feather butterflies. These delicate and intricate creatures symbolise transformation and rebirth.They serve as a reminder, as if needed of the fragility and beauty of nature. They add a touch of whimsy and magic to my work, and their intricate patterns and colours serve as inspiration for my artistic vision.

Through my work, I bring the beauty of nature to life and not the home. I capture the vibrant hues of a sunset, the softness of a flower petal, and the intricate details of a butterfly’s wings. My art serves as a window into the natural world, allowing the viewer to appreciate its beauty and complexity in a whole new way.

As we approach the warmer months, my work takes on a special significance. With longer and lighter days ahead, the beauty of nature is even more pronounced. The lush greenery, vibrant flowers, and the fluttering of butterfly wings are all signs of a new season. My art reflects this excitement and anticipation, capturing the essence of spring and all that it brings.

As an artist, I’m gifted with the power to inspire and uplift those around me. My work is a celebration of life, and I hope that it serves as a reminder of the beauty that surrounds us every day. Whether bold, abstract pieces or intricate, detailed creations, I want my work to speak to the heart and soul of those who experience it.

One of my latest creations below is a 5ft x 5ft clear acrylic box with black backing. One of my favourites.