Deborah Olliff Watercolors

Washington, United States · 301 Sales


Deborah Olliff Watercolors

Washington, United States 301 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars

OlliffStudio is taking a short break


Note from shop owner Exciting news! We are we are in the process of relocating to Orcas Island! There will be lots of new work and I hope to be able to take orders in early to mid August.

Thank you for visiting my shop. I appreciate your interest in my art.
Thanks, Deb :)

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Jul 15, 2016

Exciting news! We are we are in the process of relocating to Orcas Island! There will be lots of new work and I hope to be able to take orders in early to mid August.

Thank you for visiting my shop. I appreciate your interest in my art.
Thanks, Deb :)

Deborah Olliff

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Deborah Olliff


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Transporting the viewer via watercolor and imagination…

My fascination with watercolor began in high school. I was inspired by a fellow student with a most unique watercolor style. I think I learned more from Rodney than I did from the teacher. Over the years I’ve ventured into other media but always come back to watercolor. Curiously, the inherent qualities that most people shy away from are the same ones that I find exciting. Watercolor has a mind of its own. The fluidity, intensity of the colors and the way they mix (sometimes unexpectedly) are what I find most exciting.

Living in San Diego I'm constantly inspired by the sea and for quite some time most of my work reflected my love of the ocean. More recently I have branched out—no pun intended— and have been exploring trees and other aspects of the landscape. The sky is also a big kick-starter for painting ideas and I can get tremendous inspiration from colorful skies and ever-changing clouds.

Over the years I've studied with such artists as Thomas W. Schaller, Jeanne Dobie, Tom Lynch and Richard Nelson, among others, but my current mentor is Nita Engle. My current work continues to evolve and I'm most satisfied by just letting go and not trying to control so much of my work. As anyone who has painted in watercolor knows, sometimes the "happy accidents" or things you could not plan are the best parts of the process. I love to experiment and find I discover new things every time I pick up my brushes. My goal in painting is to transport the viewer to another place—whether it is a real or familiar place or one from my imagination—if I've done that then I have passed on some of my passion for the magic that is watercolor.

Thank you for visiting…I hope you find something that transports YOU.

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Shop members
  • Deb Olliff

    Owner, Designer, Curator, Watercolor Artist

  • Gari

    Marketing Director/Muse

    Gari the garibaldi is my muse and marketing director. He's been with me for ages and I can't imagine running Olliff Studio without him. Best of all? He insists on working for free.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 15, 2016
Thank you for your interest in my watercolor art prints. I hope you find something here that you love. I welcome your comments and feedback.
— Deb

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Money Order
  • Check
Paypal is the preferred payment method. We accept PayPal payment in US Dollars. If you do not have a Paypal account, major credit cards are also accepted. Credit cards are processed through Paypal, but a Paypal account is not required. You can choose the PayPal Option during checkout. After you submit your order click the "Pay Now" button. Scroll Down and you will see the option to pay with a Credit or Debit Card WITHOUT having to sign up for a PayPal account.

If you are paying by personal check or money order please make check out to Olliff Studio.
California residents will be charged applicable sales tax.

NOTE: Your order will not be shipped until payment has been cleared.
I ship USPS Priority on most items. ACEOs are the exception because they are small and shipping Priority makes the shipping cost exceed the item and they usually arrive in the same time frame anyway. International customers should convo me before ordering so I can get an accurate shipping cost estimate.

Unless otherwise specified due to size, prints are shipped flat in sturdy rigid mailers with reinforced cardboard to prevent damage from bending.

I make every effort to expedite your order but please allow up to 2 weeks for delivery within the United States. International orders please allow extra time (especially if there is a volcano somewhere causing annoying transportation delays).

Please be sure to enter your correct shipping address for purchases. In the event that Etsy and PayPal show two different addresses, your package will be shipped to the Etsy address.

I N T E R N A T I O N A L: Please be aware that international buyers may be liable for a customs and/or excise duty charges depending on the value of the purchase.
Refunds and Exchanges
I want you to be happy with your purchase. If you are unhappy for any reason please convo (or email) me within 5 working days of receiving your package. I will do my best to resolve the problem quickly. Refunds and exchanges are taken on a case-by-case basis.
Additional policies and FAQs
COPYRIGHT: The purchase of any print does not provide the purchaser with any copyright interest or other intellectual property right in the artwork. Artist retains all rights to artwork including publishing and reproduction. All art for sale in my shop is ©Deborah G. Olliff.

C U S T O M Orders:
I have a Custom Order button in my shop but I have to explain that I don't normally do commissions because I have to love what I am painting. However, if you have a photo that you would like to have done in watercolor I will be happy to take a look and if it fits the bill we can discuss. As for other custom orders such as sizes different than listed, please contact me. I am happy to accommodate if I can. :)