Hello, I am Olli Malmivaara, a freelance semi-pro photographer and artist living in Helsinki, Finland. I have always loved making images. As a kid I used to draw a lot and I was also very interested in cameras. I bought my first real film camera (Canon FT SLR) when I was 12. Unfortunately (or fortunately) life has its own paths. For many decades I didn't shoot much. Lately however I have been lucky to have more time of my own to do the things I love. And I love photography.
My other passion is traditional painting which I have been doing a lot over the last few years. On this BBuzzArt site I showcase my pastel paintings. I paint mainly in soft pastel and also in oil, sometimes also in watercolour and acrylic. I get my inspiration from the nature, its colors and moods during the four very different season we have here in Finland.
You can buy my paintings directly through this site. Thank you for watching my work.
Work / Education
I have no formal art education but I have taken several courses and workshops during the last few years and attended several art exhibitions in Helsinki. I am a member in East Helsinki Art Society (Itä-Helsingin Taideseura). In my earlier professional life I was an entrepreneur in software business. But since 2012 I have focused on fine art and photography.