Olga Parr is a painter in all media, oil painting restorer, art teacher, lecturer, demonstrator for art groups, and critiquing service.
Born in China, educated in Australia, and living in California from age 17 where she attended San Francisco State University, she draws on her life experiences as her inspiration for her art. Olga continues to travel extensively, but finds that inspration can be found at home, because California offers a huge variety of outstanding locations, comparable or surpassing those of the world.
Olga prefers oil paint for her traditional landscapes and still life, but chooses acrylics for her large semi abstract works, loves watercolors, and takes them along when she travels. Olga rarely works with pastels, but does occasionally introduce them into her watercolor paintings, to create mixed media paintings. She was trained as a portrait painter as well, but prefers her other work, and no longer paints portraits. She gives demonstrations and critiques as well for art groups in her area.
In 2005, Olga was chosen “Artist of the Year in San Mateo County,” is a Signature Award recipient of the Society of Western Artists, is a member of the Burlingame Art Society, and past member of the California Watercolor Society.
She studied with Pat Frey, taking classes in still life, landscape and portrait painting with live models, for many years. Jane Hoffstetter was her watercolor teacher for several years. Frances Cane and Eleanor McCargar were also her teachers for a while, and she took several seminars with Hedi Moran, Ted Goerschner etc.