Sue Olivo

I have always had a creative spirit, but it hasn’t been that long since I discovered that I could paint!  How awesome is that?  I began to feel a need to express myself with some kind of art when I was in my mid fifties.  That was my age of exploration into the art world.  I didn’t know what I wanted to do.  When my husband and I bought a house in Carmel, California, the previous owners had left some art supplies in one of the rooms.  Well, why not try to paint?  I signed up for an art class at the Junior College and so the muse was out of the paint box…

I moved to Sierra Vista from California in 2001.  My exposure to the Southwest and the great artists I have met here have inspired my paintings and my enthusiasm for art.  I have taken workshops and joined art associations to learn as much as I can.  Every painting is a learning lesson and I love it!!  I paint in oils, acrylic, watercolor and have played with monotype and collage.  My style is realistic and my favorite subject is landscape and quails.

I have been on the Board of Directors for the Huachuca Art Association and the planning and promotion committees for its new Gallery and Art Center.  I was also the Curator for the Huachuca Art Association Gallery at the Mall in Sierra Vista, Arizona for two and half years.

I am a member of the Tombstone Association of the Arts Tombstone, Arizona. She was Gallery Director for two years.  I am also a member of the San Pedro River Arts Council in Benson, Arizona.

In 2011, I was honored with the prestigious Mayor’s Award for the Arts in Sierra Vista, Arizona.