elcome to Gary Olsen's Digital Media Design website. This website is a virtual studio of work in process... especially graphic design work. But there are also movies! There is a growing number of videos representing a wide variety of projects that Gary is working on at any time. We work with a variety of clients, but we maintain a small and exclusive list because Gary does not want to provide anything short of wonderful, thoughtful and especially personal service. Besides being a designer, painter, photographer, he's a documentary film maker and television producer.
Gary's talents are grounded in classical art training, but he has over the last several years evolved his creative process fully in the digital realm. He was among the first artists to create fine art with a pressure sensitive tablet interface and he toured the country demonstrating this technology. Early adoption of desk-top publishing technology evolved into non-linear video editing. Gary has an 800-square-foot studio in which he produces a variety of video productions for clients. Below are some highlights of projects some of which Gary is still working on. Our design clients use this site to check on their projects. The web is ideal for this close client collaboration.
First of all, Gary's creative expression extends to the following areas:Graphic Design, Illustration, Movie Making and Photography. Graphic Design encompasses all forms of design for advertising and communication. It includes print, publications, and signage.
Then there's Illustration.Gary does everything from pictorials to fine-art for galleries. His specialty is portrait painting, an enterprise that has established him in his home town of Dubuque, Iowa. Gary studied under the late, great Frank Licciardi, and produces approximately a dozen portraits a year for a wide variety of clients.
Movies is a creative enterprise Gary has embraced seriously and he's produced over 400 short films for the Dubuque Community School District and several other clients. Gary shoots and produces documentaries, commecials, event videos and that includes weddings. "I enjoy the festivities and almost tribal nature of the traditions we maintain," explains Gary. "I just love the entire process, and I approach every one with the eye of a journalist.
Gary teaches photography as well as offers professional photographic services. His background is largely photojournalism, and he's taken this experience and applied it to event and commercial photography. Gary has been teaching photography workshops for more than a decade at Dubuque's Clarke College.
The Stained Glass Print Project
An extremely popular print that is sold in Dubuque area art galleries and frame shops is Dubuque Stained Glass. This art print was created by Gary Olsen in collaboration with Bryce Parks. Many people who purchase the print (proceeds benefit Maria House for women and children in need of emergency transitional housing), wonder where all of the stained glass windows in the print belong? Now you can download a key to the windows in the print, plus a production diary and more photos!. Click here.
The Grand Excusion Painting and Print
One of Gary's most ambitious projects for which he has become well known as a regional painter was The Grand Excusion Painting and Print. The painting now hangs in the Dubuque National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium at the Port of Dubuque. It is one of Gary's most successful prints.
The Main Street Print Project
If you're a Dubuque native, then you'll simply love this. It's one of Gary's trademark "Memories of Lifetime" photographic assemblages commemorating the history of Dubuque's Main Street and Downtown District Businesses. The objects that comprise the collage are all part of a vast collection of collectibles and business memorabilia belonging to friend and collaborator, Bob Redding. Bob's collection forms the basis for an exciting new project that Gary is involved in called, "The Main Street Print Project." The print project celebrates the rich history of Dubuque's downtown area, undergoing a cultural and business renaissance of sorts these last few years. Gary was commissioned by Dubuque Main Street Ltd., the business advocacy group that is celebrating a 20 year anniversary. Click here to learn more about this exciting community project, a portion of proceeds from which benefit the print's sponsor, Dubuque's Main Street LTD.