Olwen was born in Dublin Ireland and emigrated with her family to the United States. She grew up in Malibu California. Her primary inspirations in art are Mary Cassatt, Vermeer, and Winslow Homer. Olwen paints images in oil and watercolor of the West of Ireland, as well as, North Chester where she lives in the Berkshire mountains of Western Massachusetts. Olwen is also a printmaker in Intaglio and is a Member of the Zea Mays Printmaking Studio.
Olwen’s paintings are in Private Collections in the United States and Europe. In recent years, she has exhibited at The James Joyce Gallery and The Hallward Gallery in Dublin, Ireland; Smith College Alumnae Gallery, Hosmer Gallery Northampton MA ; The Watkins Gallery Northampton MA; Olwen’s intaglio artwork is represented by the Zea Mays Flat File Project and her recent print work has been represented in group shows at the APE Gallery in Northampton and The Ferrin Gallery Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Olwen received Honorable Mention in the Fem in Art Show at The Lenox Gallery, Lenox Massachusetts. Olwen has also worked for over two decades in the professional theatre. She has designed scenery and backcloths for theatrical productions. For over 20 years, Olwen has been producer, managing director, production manager and stage manager for large and small professional theatrical institutions, co-founder of The Chester Theatre, Chester, Massachusetts, as well as, Executive Director of The Northampton Center for the Arts. She graduated as a Studio Art Major with a minor in Biology from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Olwen has also studied at the L’Ecole d’Art, Vallauris, France and the Sun Valley Arts Program in Hailey, Idaho. Olwen is currently represented by her own gallery in North Chester Massachusetts.