Eldon R. "Ole" Olin was
born in Chinook, Washington in 1921 to the logging family of John A. and
Ellen Olin. When he was in his early teens Ole became interested in
illustrating which continued throughout his business career as a timber
cruiser in the timber industry. He often researches his subject by taking
samples of plant material and making color notes while on the job.
Veracity, in the time and place, is important to the artist. His curiosity
about the natural world, and that he worked in it every day, brought an
important dimension to his drawings and painting.