Let me introduce myself, my name is Charis Estelle Olney, I am a digital Artist.
After studying Graphic design in the UK, I am now currently living in a rural mountain village in Crete, Greece.
I have lived in this area for about five years and I now think of Crete as my home, I love the rural way of life,
It is so beautiful here especially in the spring time with the wildflowers, insects and bees.
It all started at the age of 20 when I first came to Crete, it was near Kalives in the Chania area, I started producing hand coloured photographs by developing them in the dark room on special art paper and then hand colour them using oil paints, mostly of different scenes of Crete.
I later painted on Ostrich eggs for a local church using acrylic paints of mostly nature and animals.
It was then that I decided to move to a mountain village in the Rethymno area.
I have recently become interested in creating mainly religious paintings of different types, maybe because of my closeness to nature and the rural way of life, I feel more at harmony and at peace here, closer to God maybe.
I have also become inspired by the 14th century frescos, which I have seen and studied at the near by church of Hagios Georgios, Mourne, Crete.
For those who have an interest in medieval frescos, I have taken photographs, which are available to buy on Fine Art America.
My first digital painting was of “The Buddha meditating under the Bodhi tree” in which I used Corel painter for most of my paintings.
I like using bright colours in my work, so I have used a bright orange colour to symbolize enlightenment and also tried to create a feeling of a natural environment with trees and a stream with lotus flowers.
The painting is available to buy on Fine Art America.
The Mary and child icon painting is one of my favourite artworks where I have combine traditional and modern styles , I wanted to create feeling and sensitivity into this picture and again used bright colours, blue and gold.
For the guardian angel painting, I used mostly white and gold as I wanted to show a feeling of peace and purity. In this picture the Angel has her hands together as if praying with her eyes closed to symbolize meditation, love and a pure heart to help and protect those at need.
More of my work can be seen of Fine Art America: http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/charisestelle-olney.html
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