About Lil Olive

Home for me is Joplin Missouri, where I grew up with loving parents and four cherished sisters. My grandparents on my father’s side were from Damascus, Syria and had a clothing store on Main Street. Both sets of grandparents, my aunts, uncles and cousins all lived on our very same street. Family has always been first and foremost.

My father was very artistic and taught me how to draw at an early age. He would save the cardboard backing from his starched folded shirts for me to draw on, escaping the chaos of our noisy home at times drawing for hours. This is where my passion for art began. It continued later on in my life.

After graduating in 1980 from the University of Missouri in Columbia with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and emphasis in photography, I worked as a writer for The Chronicle of Higher Education in Washington DC before going to work for Senator John Danforth. InfIuenced by my mother who was a nurse, I went back to school receiving an AD in nursing and becoming an RN from Missouri Southern State University. Getting married and living in New Orleans while my husband was in residency, I started taking art classes at night working as an RN in the day. After his medical training, we moved back to our beloved Missouri, now with two children and one on the way. After my third child was born, I continued taking art classes at Drury University, and have been painting ever since.

I have always been deeply influenced by the 19th Century American Sublime landscape painters and European Romantic landscape painters. The German painter Caspar David Friedrich is one my favorite painters.

In 2001 I opened an art gallery in downtown Springfield. Good Girl Art Gallery represented over 100 artists and championed contemporary and emerging artists. After a successful run,( and a few visits from the mayor for provocative shows!) I wanted to devote more time to my own art, and closed in 2014.

My art education includes participation in several intensive painting workshops over the years at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, Co. studying with Ed Paschke, Julie Heffernan, Katherine Alexander, Emily Cheng and Carole Caroompas.
I enjoy being home now and painting full time along with working with my husband in the vegetable garden, my flower garden, and taking care of our animal family now that our children are grown and out in the world.

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”
― Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder
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A view from around the farm. A view from my Instagram account.

Be sure to check out the Springfield News-Leader write up about Lil and her current show, Reflections and Other Water Offerings.

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Gallery Showings

Obelisk Home & Gallery
214 W Phelps St #101
Springfield, MO 65806


Visit Obelisk Home’s Site

November 13 – December 21
Webster Arts Center
483 E. Lockwood, Lower Level
Webster Groves, MO 63119

Visit Webster Arts Fair Site