Doris Olsen was born in Oakland, California.
"When I was a child I could be found coloring or making a game and designing clothes for my dolls." The creative need was there from the beginning.
This led to my first art classes at the new school in Greenwich Village, the Art Students League in New York City and then the Academy of Art in San Francisco.
I painted continuously while raising a family and attending painting workshops across the U.S. and Europe (a favorite thing to do). Persistance paid off and I've shown my work in galleries in New Jersey and Hawaii, participated in many art & wine festivals and show my work locally in Gold Country gallieres in California.
I've participated in miniature art shows in Washington D.C., won first prizes with a geranium still life and a flower market in Germany and have won purchase awards for the Kaiser Hospitals in California.
My paintings and commissions hang in many private collections in the U.S. and Europe and I continue to strive for excellence and "beautiful passages" in all of my paintings.