“My work could be described as bright and bold with broken color usually implemented with broad strokes of oil paint. Up until this point of life, most of my subject matter has been the landscapes of Kansas. As life stretches me in different ways after a family death, I find recent paintings expanding in subject matter, style, and color. As with playing music, writing poetry, and painting, there is a peacefulness that comes with creating. I try to reflect that in my paintings.” Cher Heller Olson is a native of North Central Kansas, and she feels like art's been calling her all her life. Cher received a BS in Art Education from Kansas State University.Olson raised a family and taught art at Cloud County Community College and at USD 333 in Concordia, KS. She started the USD 333 Elementary Art Program, which gave kids an introduction to fine art and an outlet for their creativity. When her husband, Ross, was called into the ministry, they moved to Cawker City, KS where she took an interest in plein air painting. Olson especially enjoyed documenting old limestone structures, a focus of her paintings. The Olson’s ministry moved the family to Junction City, then later settled North of Council, KS on a ranch in the Flint Hills. The beauty of the Flint Hills region remains an inspiration in Cher's artwork. Cher's paintings are characterized by their plein air nature, focusing on the beauty of the surroundings in the moment. Plein air doesn't allow artists to get bogged down by details, and Cher's work is no exception. Cher utilizes large brushstrokes to finish a work, and tries to paint on a daily basis. Olson states that the changing seasons on the prairie and quick moving light across the beautiful plains makes everyday painting an exciting event. Cher has exhibited at the Cloud County Museum, and many of her works hang in private collections throughout the United States.