BEVERLY OLIN, Artist
Beverly and her husband Carl moved to Fairfield Glade in 1996. They moved here from western New York, the town of Amherst. Art has always been a strong interest and after retirement there was time to take some courses and develop skills. Pastels are her primary medium. Painting people is her greatest interest and she works to increase her skills in portraits. Soon after retirement, Beverly and Carl volunteered as missionaries to the island nation of Madagascar. Many of her paintings reflect her impressions of the people of that country. All profits from the sale of her work are donated to the mission school in Bezaha, Madagascar. Carl and Beverly traveled extensively. They experienced an African Safari in Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe; the trip included South Africa. European River Boat trips as well as touring in the United States all provide inspiration for paintings.
Beverly retired from teaching in the Cheektowaga School system of western New York. Her experiences included teaching first grade and many other elementary levels. She later earned master's degrees in reading and special education. During the last ten years of her career, she was the Coordinator of Compensatory Services for the District, writing the grants for Title I Federal Funds and supervising all remedial services. She was also the consultant teacher for students with Learning and Behavioral Disabilities. Her Husband, Carl, was a Lutheran Pastor. Their son Matthew lives in Williamsville, NY and has two children, Abigail and Kamerer. Daughter Miriam and husband Scott are in Getzville, NY and have two children, Michael and Sarah. Family photos also inspire many paints.