Magic realism | Acrylic paintings by Janie Olsen

Statement - All of my paintings have their own little messages…some are silly and some abstract so you can read your own ideas into it, which I want people to do. For me all of my work represents a quiet, gentle strength in unexpected places.


Arrows are used to represent love, power, strength, or a good sense of direction. This means that you're just moving forward to whatever direction you're heading off to, and not looking back at what you have left behind.


A single arrow pointed to the left means warding off evil, to the right – protection, and pointing down = peace. Double arrows, two crossed arrows represent friendship. Two parallel arrows facing the opposite directions, are a symbol of conflict.


I have a great love nature and peaceful places. One of my favorite Arrow quotes:  “An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it’s going to launch you into something great.”


The Charms, bells, symbols etc. are all symbols of protection, luck and a sense of direction.


The Halos…for me represent strength with a strong connection to nature & your own individual spiritual world. Inspiration comes from nature, animals, music, poetry, and stories.


Biography - Janie Olsen, born and raised in Western Washington, currently has her home & studio in Monroe Washington. Having painted all her life she says “it is a spiritual, driving force within myself”.


Realizing art was going to be one of the main the focuses of her life she graduated from The Burnley School of Professional Art where she studied design and illustration.


Working as a graphic designer during the day for many years, she now paints full time with some freelance illustration projects as well. Her head is filled with ideas and she is constantly sketching, painting and thinking of her next piece - like the Bob Dylan song says-“Someday, everything is gonna be smooth like a rhapsody, when I paint my masterpiece”.


Janie has work in many private collections, on-going representation with Schack Art Center of Everett WA, Matzke Fine Art Gallery & Sculpture Park of Camano Island WA, Curious Nest, Seattle WA, A Lot of Flowers, Bellingham WA. She was selected as Artist of the Year for Snohomish County in 2019. She also participates in local events throughout the year. See home page for her current events.

Artwork is sold through galleries. Please feel free to contact Janie Olsen at for gallery representation, detailed information about framed size, price of original paintings, and information on limited edition prints. All images in this site are protected under U.S. copyright laws. Unauthorized reproduction or use is strictly prohibited. ©2024