MEET THE ARTIST
Who is Original Olivia?
Olivia is a watercolor painter and mixed media artist based in Maryland. A 2013 graduate from the renowned Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Washington, DC. Later, she studied Studio Art at Instituto Lorenzo de’ Medici in Florence, Italy. During her remaining school years in New York, she studied digital design and 3d modeling earning a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Marist College.
As a color enthusiast, Olivia experiments with earth tone colors and dyes extracted from plant life that is then used in watercolor paint. The exploration of the use of natural colors and dyes are enjoyable and expands her knowledge, use and technique of manipulating watercolor.
Olivia’s work focuses on the humaneness and intimacy of her subjects. Each work unites the subject while incorporating nature with infinite and variations of strokes of color. Olivia’s goal is for the viewer to see the beauty and unique use of color represented in each body of work.
Additionally, Olivia has interest in multi-disciplinary projects. She is a partner of
“the KOPi room”, a production house, that develops marketing campaigns. As the lead artist her responsibilities are to conceptualize storyboards for animations and production shoots.
OLIV’s noted accomplishments include: Illustrator of the 2011 United States (U.S.) White House Holiday Tour Guide Cover and several pages; Invitee to the 2011/2012 U.S. White House Holiday Reception; Winner of the Washington, DC Region NAACP ACT-SO Competition in Painting. Other noted accomplishments include: Opened “Original Olivia” in 2013. In 2019, collaborate with “The Rough” Clothing by designing artwork on clothing. In January 2020, she began a partnership with Kalyne Bruce by launching “the KOPi room”. In February 2020, her graphic design was selected by Hyattsville Community Development Corporation for a vinyl wrap around a state- maintained signal box cabinet in the City of Riverdale, MD. In 2021, she and a team of artists collaborated with the Town of North Brentwood to create a mural in the rehabilitated hub, Sis’s Tavern.