After graduating with a MA in Modern Languages from Oxford, Olivia spent a year at Wimbledon Art College before moving to India in 1989.
In 2005, she decided to study the traditional Indian miniature painting techniques under Jaipuri and Delhi masters, and now uses this in her work with its gem-like stone colours, unique miniature brush work, and its elaborate decorative and burnished surfaces. Having been especially influenced by Nathdwara Pichwai painting and early 19th century Jodpuri painting, Olivia has been exploring its visual language, reaching back to an archetypal iconography strongly rooted in India’s artistic and cultural heritage that can breach borders and be relevant to her twin life between East and West. Her work has been shown in galleries and art fairs around the world and in 2015 her work was shown at the Venice Biennale. Her paintings are now in collections in India, UK, France, Belgium (Museum of Sacred Art), UAE, Singapore, Australia, China and the USA. Olivia divides her time between Delhi and London.