Recovering the Classics

The Secret Garden by Olivia Olsen

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Artist Statement

"Growing up The Secret Garden was one of my childhood favorites. Reading this book always sparked my imagination and creativity. Mary Lenox brought the secret garden back to life with water, thus my medium of choice is watercolor. Watercolor has a fluidity and organic nature to it, as does the plot of the secret garden. As a kid I didn’t grasp the imaginative nature of the book from the cover. I wanted to display just enough of the story so the readers got an idea of what the story is about while also enticing them to open the book to see what is behind the door. The typeface is hand lettered with watercolor to keep the organic nature of the piece consistent. " - Olivia Olsen

Olivia Olsen is a Junior pursuing an Illustration BFA at Columbia College Chicago. Olsen has been awarded for many of her works including the peoples choice award in The Weather Show at the C33 Gallery, the presidential scholarship at Columbia College Chicago for her portfolio, and has achieved Deans List every year. Her mediums of choice include watercolor, acrylic, colored pencil and graphite. However Columbia College Chicago has pushed her to try new mediums outside of her comfort zone. Olsens\' work tends to focus on nature and movement. Her influences originate from growing up in the midwest. She came from a family of artists, her mother and father being illustrators and her grandmother a painter. From a young age her parents were teaching her the fundamentals to art and drawing. Currently Olivia works and lives in the city of Chicago.

About Recovering the Classics

Recovering the Classics is a collection of new covers for 100 of the greatest works of fiction in the public domain. Together we can help to keep these classics fresh, modern, and accessible to new generations of readers. All cover designs are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

About our Prints

Each poster is hand-printed and handled, to make sure that only the highest quality is offered and sent out. The matte paper and high quality of inks make for a vibrant image which looks great both framed, and au-naturel. Printed in Los Angeles, CA, on Epson Enhanced Matte Paper, heavyweight stock, high color gamut, using Epson UltraChrome HDR ink-jet technology. Framed posters offer the same, museum-quality printed poster, but wrapped in a protective black frame. The frame is lightweight and includes a shatter-resistant acrylite front protector, so it won't break in the mail. International orders may be subject to customs duties & taxes.