Much of the inspiration for Denise Patchell Olson’s paintings came from her travels throughout historic New England.  They speak to both the reality and fantasy that is the American small town. Although Denise traveled widely, home was Dublin, New Hampshire.  Her artwork has been exhibited in over 75 shops and galleries across the United States, and purchased by international collectors.


Denise Patchell Olson graduated from the State University of New York with a degree in Advertising, Art & Design.  She began her professional career in the early 1970’s and developed her technique from simple transparent washes to the rich colors and brilliant use of light and shadow.  Most of Patchell Olson’s work is highlighted by the presence of a small, red cardinal, a sign of joyfulness, and clocks that are set at two o’clock, the hour when she and her husband Frans were married.


Sadly, Denise passed away at the age of 67. The Art Place recently acquired some of her original artwork from her family and these originals are being shown for the first time since her passing. They have been stored and archived in a temperature-controlled storage unit.  We are delighted to display these beautiful pieces that represent Denise’s love for New England.