Olabarrieta starts with a blank canvas onto which he paints broad brushstrokes,
these in turn, inspire his next move and brain to travel as well as fuel his
imagination. In these strokes and the subsequent ones that develop, he sees
stories, forms, volumes and experiences that life has given him. Upon first
examination, the viewer is attracted to the vibrant colors and energetic
movement but upon reflection, the more emotional story line emerges and the
subtlety is exposed.
Once immersed in the work, the viewer is prompted to
personalize his experience and to add his own storyline.
His latest works are a playful story of his inner expressions. From childhood he
was fascinated by the juxtapositions of form and motion. His first art teacher
was the Spanish master painter, Carlos Marichal. He subsequently studied
architecture at LSU in Baton Rouge, LA.
He is fascinated by the texture of art in technique, thought and execution. He
involves his spirituality into the physical act of painting. His positive outlook on
life emerges from the fluidity of his medium. The non-expectation yields
discoveries of both the self and the subject matter at hand.