Skot Olsen





The prints and giclees on sale below are limited edition, signed and numbered, fine art reproductions. For more affordable print options, and products such as iPhone cases, laptop skins, and throw pillows, please visit my page on Society 6. 

 


Items for sale from nautical

lighthouse

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20" x 34"
oil on canvas
2008

To a sailor, the light house can mean more than just a warning of a reef or coastline, it can also symbolize home. It is a light in the distance to let one know that there is still a dry world out there where there is possibly a safe place, a dry house and a warm woman waiting. In this painting, the lighthouse is a woman standing on firm rock and leaning on an anchor. She casts a light out into the dark and stormy night searching for those in distress and reminding them that there is a safe haven waiting for them. It also symbolizes the role of women in the 19th century sailing culture.

  • Limited Edition Giclee on heavy watercolor stock
    signed and numbered edition of 50
    12" x 20.
  • $200.00


    tsunami

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    40" x 60"
    oil on canvas
    2005

    I painted this during a time when I was under considerable stress. I felt like the odds were truly against me.

  • Limited Edition Giclee on heavy watercolor stock
    signed and numbered edition of 50
    17" x 24"
  • $350.00


    the great new england sea serpent

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    20" x 30"
    oil on Canvas
    2004

    On August 10, 1817 a strange creature was sighted in the harbor of Gloucester, Massachusetts. Reports of it began to spread throughout New England.

General David Humphreys, a former member of George Washington's staff, travelled down to Gloucester to interview witnesses. According to the testimony he gathered, the creature's head, which it held above the water, was "much like the head of a turtle... and larger than the head on any dog." From its head there rose "a prong or spear about twelve inches in height, and six inches in circumference at the bottom, and running to a small point." In a compilation of sightings printed in the Boston Weekly Messenger it was further reported that the creature was sixty to seventy feet in length, that it was about as wide as a barrel, that it moved rapidly in a serpentine fashion, that it was able to double back upon itself instantaneously, that it was "full of joints and resemble[d] a string of buoys on a net," and that all attempts to kill or capture it, including shooting a musket at it from close range, failed. -Alex Boese.

The last reported sighting of a sea serpent near Gloucester was June 12, 1914.

I recently received the following email regarding the Great New England Sea Serpent:
Hi Skot, Your image of tGNESS is fabulous! But please change the dates - last sighting was October of 2003. JP O'Neill author The Great New England Sea Serpent - An Account of Unknown Creatures Sighted by Many Respectable Persons Between 1638 and the Present Day - Paraview Press
You can purchase Mr O'Neill's book here:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1931044678/paraview/104-7425626-8656724

  • Limited Edition Giclee on heavy watercolor stock
    signed and numbered edition of 50
    20" x 13.
  • $200.00


    catch of the day

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    24" x 36"
    oil on canvas
    2011

  • Limited Edition Giclee
    signed and numbered edition of 50
    17" x 11.25" image area
    price i
  • $300.00


    aprés la tempête

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    36" x 24"
    oil on board
    2008

    Until the 20th century, much of what mankind knew about the animals who lived in the sea was from what he could catch or find washed up on a beach. In the mid-19th century, when commercial giant squid fishing was in full swing, the public 's fascination with giant sea creatures also increased. It soon became a fashionable pastime to stroll along the beach after a storm to search for what mysteries the sea would spill onto the land. One would need only look for a cloud of seagulls gorging themselves on the titanic corpse of some unidentified monstrosity. This painting depicts such an event which occurred around 1879 on the West coast of France near the town of Bougourouan when "..an enormous serpent 50 meters long was discovered laying among the numerous other deceased sea creatures on a rocky beach."

  • Limited Edition Giclee on heavy watercolor stock
    signed and numbered edition of 50
    21" x 14"
  • $200.00


    great western

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    18" x 24"
    oil on canvas
    2008

    In this age of hybrid technologies, I am always surprised to hear people say they had no idea that steam powered paddle boats, for a few decades, also used sails. Sail power was still widely used during the advent of steam power mainly because a ship would be required to carry a lot of fuel to burn if it wished to remain under steam power which was still rather inefficient. Plus, few if any sails could be used during steam power because of damage to the sails from the hot, spark-laden exhaust that would emanate from the smoke stack. This painting depicts the paddle steamer, "Great Western" on its historic crossing of the Atalantic in 1838. Four of the seven passengers the ship carried repeatedly reported seeing "..a serpent of fantastic size which seemed to follow the Great Western for two days.."

  • Limited Edition Giclee on heavy watercolor stock
    signed and numbered edition of 50
    16" x 12"
  • $200.00


    blessed saint architeuthis

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    24" x 48"
    oil on canvas
    2008

    Saint Architeuthis is the patron saint of doomed sailors. While the origins of the saint remain unclear, it's recent history and worship are well documented. Whalers who turned their attention to catching giant squid and sea serpents in the 19th century, began asking Saint Architeuthis for mercy whenever a hunt would go awry, which was fairly frequent. When hunting for such animals, one would sometimes be thrown over board or a boat would sink exposing the men to whatever was in the water at the time. A sailor would ask Saint Architeuthis for the quick and relatively painless death of drowning, rather than the hideous demise of being ripped apart by the beak of the squid or chewed up in the sea serpent's hideous maw. Often, men would have visions of Saint Architeuthis who would appear before them in the form of a gigantic, yet benevolent squid wearing a bishop's mitre and carrying tools of the squid hunter's trade.

  • Limited Edition Giclee on heavy watercolor stock
    signed and numbered edition of 50
    14.5" x 2
  • $200.00



    Items for sale from maritime

    morning find

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    11" x 14"
    oil on canvas
    2005

  • limited edition giclee on heavy watercolor stock
    signed and numbered edition of 50
    10" x 7.8
  • $150.00


    fish out of water

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    20" x 24"
    oil on canvas
    2005

    This painting was made after having witnessed the sickness and eventual death of some relatives of mine. On the nightstand is one of the squid-in-a-bottles which were so popular in the squid fishing industry of the later 1800's. Outside the window is a dock where the are ships rigged for hunting giant squid.


  • limited edition giclee
    heavy stock archival watercolor paper
    14"x17" image size
    sign
  • $250.00


    the old man and the seed

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    18" x 24"
    acrylic on linen
    2002

    This scene has probably played out many times throughout history. A young man from the country has decided to seek adventure at sea. He is still a “seed” of a man and knows little of the world. He has come to a tavern looking to sign on with a ship. There he meets his captain, an old salt who tries to scare him into going back home by telling him tales of the sea. The old man has spent his life at sea and has seen some amazing and horrifying things. Although years of drink may have exaggerated some of his memory, he now has the life of this youngster in his hands and wants to be sure the lad is up to the challenge of life at sea.

  • signed
    four color process on heavy stock
    12" x 16"
    price includes shipping to anywhere
  • $20.00


    architeuthis conpunctus

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    14" x 18"
    oil on canvas
    2011


  • limited edition giclee
    heavy stock archival watercolor paper
    image area is 8"x10.25" wit
  • $150.00



    Items for sale from various

    camelopardas addams

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    24" x 36"
    oil on canvas

    I'm a big fan of the Addams Family tv program. A pinting very similar to this one hangs in their living room and can be seen in almost every episode.

  • Giclee on heavy watercolor stock
    signed and numbered edition of 50
    18" x 12" image area
  • $200.00



    Items for sale from psychedelic

    saint psilocybe

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    30" x 40"
    oil on canvas

  • signed six-color print
    18" x 24"
    price includes shipping to anywhere in the U.S.
  • $40.00


    saint elyse's epiphany

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    30" x 40"
    oil on canvas

  • signed six-color print
    18" x 24"
    price includes shipping to anywhere in the U.S.
  • $40.00



    Items for sale from additional giclees

    aqua vitae

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    limited edition giclee
    heavy stock archival watercolor paper
    20"x24" signed and numbered out of editions of 50
    price includes shipping to anywhere in the U.S.

  • Aqua Vitae Giclee
  • $250.00


    catastrophe at sea

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    limited edition giclee
    heavy stock archival watercolor paper
    15"x18" signed and numbered edition of 50
    $200 price includes shipping to anywhere in the U.S.

  • limited edition giclee
    heavy stock archival watercolor paper
    15"x18" signed and numbered edi
  • $175.00


    balaenidae

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    limited edition giclee
    signed and numbered edition of 50
    12" x 18" print
    16" x 10" image area
    price includes shipping to anywhere in the U.S.

  • limited edition giclee
    signed and numbered edition of 50
    12" x 18" print
    16" x 10" im

  • $150.00


    black water harvest

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    limited edition giclee
    heavy stock archival watercolor paper
    16"x20" signed and numbered out of editions of 50
    $250 price includes shipping to anywhere in the U.S.>br>

  • Limited Edition Giclee
    heavy stock archival watercolor paper
    16"x20" signed and numbered

  • $250.00


    plenty of fish in the sea

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    limited edition giclee
    signed and numbered edition of 50
    14" x 18" image area
    price includes shipping anywhere in the U.S.

  • Limited Edition Giclee
    signed and numbered edition of 50
    14" x 18" image area
    price incl
  • $250.00


    a mule with a spinning wheel

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    limited edition giclee
    signed and numbered edition of 50
    14" x 18" image area
    price includes shipping anywhere in the U.S.

  • Limited Edition Giclee
    heavy stock archival watercolor paper
    16"x20" signed and numbered edi
  • $250.00