Olivia Deckard's motivation and inspiration comes through a deep connection to music. With every strike of a chord or drum beat, it can be felt in the bones. The music and the work are a visual exploration, drawing the viewer's eye to enjoy both the entire composition with every note.
Olivia firmly believes that she was supposed to be born in the '70s. Her mom and her just switched places in this world. She should have been rocking out to Motley Crue and Def Leppard in their prime. She rocks out to mainly that of '70s and 80's hair bands; while also a lot of Nu Metal from the early '90s. The music that is loved and listened to is passionate and intense; something the current time of music can not produce.
Olivia chooses to do abstract pieces of music because the music she loves is very wild and all-consuming with every strike of a chord or drum beat. The paintings are the definition of ordered chaos; there is always something to look at that will draw the eye somewhere else. She uses the bands' album artwork to not only determine color palette but also the marks made or created--.either more geometric or organic mark-making. Also, use symbols that the band is known for using. All of the paintings done have taken more than 6 hours to complete, on average taking around 10 hours at minimum.
The sense of flow experienced while listening and working is intense. Olivia almost can not stop herself from over-working. She has to set a timer to make sure to stop at certain points. The Motley Crue piece took 12 hours and was finished within one day. Flow is something artists tap into without knowing sometimes. Olivia now knows how to tap into her own flow because of this series of work.