Olen hangs his hat in beautiful North East Vermont, " The Kingdom". He first learned stained glass design and production from glass artist Chris Pearson, while living in the thriving artist town of Provincetown; Cape Cod, Massachusetts in 1998. Challenged by his mentor to come up with “something different” for his gallery, Olen experimented and created the "Space Globe". The star sculptures were an instant hit. Enjoying trying new ideas ; the glass inventions continually evolve. Some studies in glass art which influence the creations are: glass blowing, lamp work and glass etching. Some interesting design aspects in Olen's style are three dimentionality , and optical illusion. Olen also crafts wood frames for his windows himself, using repurposed woods; often laminated with unique grains such as teak or white and yellow birch.
Birthed from an attitude of, “To go where no man has gone before”, Olen's works are day dream initiators, providing moments of respite from our busy minds, and add joy to the environment.