Eleanor Quist Costello Olson was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, surrounded by nature, dogs, and women. Eleanor's work has become focused on interactions with the built and natural environments we live within and complicating the narratives usually thought of as black and white. They are influenced by gender and race theories, social and political histories, nature, and our current ecological state. Activist and politically engaged painting and other visual art forms have largely become the focus of their work, with an emphasis on conservation, destruction, and intersections within environmental, gender, and race issues.
Eleanor Quist Costello Olson recently received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design, Class of 2020 with concentrations in Race, Gender, and Sexuality and Nature, Culture, and Sustainability.