Olivia is the Admissions Assistant for the Center for Arts in Medicine graduate programs. She graduated with a BFA from UF’s School of Art + Art History in May 2018. Working primarily as a painter, Olivia has exhibited her work at several art galleries in the Miami and Gainesville areas and at the Lowe Art Museum. Her most recent body of work, Mindscapes, uses a meditative repetition of strokes and intuitive color decisions to create compositions that reference geological stratification and natural forms. Unconcerned with representing literal scenes or real spaces, this work embraces the intrinsic therapeutic qualities of art-making. She has likened this creative process to stream-of-consciousness writing.
Olivia has volunteered with UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine (AIM) in both clinical and community settings throughout her upperclassmen years at UF. As an AIM practicum student, Olivia developed an interdisciplinary program called Painting with Poetry that she offered at the bedside to patients on the orthopedic unit at Shands Cancer Hospital and at weekly workshops at Oak Hammock, a local assisted living facility affiliated with the University of Florida. While she facilitated the bedside and workshop elements with different approaches, Olivia found that patients and assisted living residents were more likely to participate when offered more than one avenue for creativity. She is eager to explore more ways to enhance wellness through the arts and is thrilled to be a new member of the Center for Arts in Medicine Admissions Team!
"Ultimately, I would like my art practice to communicate the inherent poetry in the creative process. Marks and colors synthesize to create pictorial compositions just as words and lines combine to create written compositions."