Olivia has been making things with her hands since she was a child. She went to School of the Arts High School in Rochester, NY where she studied vocal music, dance, musical theater, drawing, painting, and sculpture. She attended Alfred University, receiving a BFA cum laude and Divisional Honors in Ceramic Sculpture. Afterwards, she studied drawing, painting and sculpture for four years at The Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy.
In high school she made predominantly abstract sculptures, and then in Italy she learned to make realistic sculptures of the human figure. Classical Academy training involves the study of the nude - a respectful study which is equivalent to how doctors study the body. Since then, she has been exploring the use of clay, bronze and cast glass to make sculptures of body movement.
Olivia is fascinated that the way a person thinks or feels affects how s/he moves and vice versa. Her study of movement has led her to learn dances in order to understand the moves. The majority of her sculptures are studied directly from life. Her subjects range from the movements of ordinary people to professionals in their field because she sees all forms of life to be important.