Meet Dolly Oliver
Website designer & Web Goddess Gallery owner
Since you’ll be sharing your story, your work, and your vision with me, I believe it’s fitting that I share a bit of my story with you. Thanks for listening!
A few things I love a lot!
I love the California coastline and the lakes, rivers, and creeks of the Sierra Nevada foothills. Training and playing with my German Shepherd dogs keeps me young at heart, and I admire everything about horses, though I don’t get to ride much anymore. I enjoy tending my flower garden; creating acrylic and mixed media paintings; collecting Native American and other indigenous art and spending time with my family and friends. But most of all, I love designing and creating websites.
I held various secretarial and office management positions in a variety of industries before moving to North San Juan, CA in 1983. After our family took some time to establish our new homestead, I began working in the Nevada County public school system.
During the late 1980s and early ’90s, Apple Computers was making a grand effort to put personal computers into California schools. I didn’t know much about the technology … in fact, this was the first time I had even used a computer. But once I caught on to jargon like, “floppy” disks and “database entry” for keeping track of hundreds of students, I was hooked! I shoved my Rolodex into a desk drawer and never looked back.
I retired from the public school system after 18 years, and the first thing I did was head on over to our local college and enroll in Applied Art & Design and Website Design classes. The rest is history, and I still love this creative and ongoing adventure.
A Snapshot of where I hang out …
The little town of North San Juan, CA is perched along the original 49’er gold mining trail, in the northern foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It’s one of those, “Don’t blink or you’ll miss it!” towns. In the 1970s a lot of the hip folks from the San Francisco Bay area relocated here and set to farming the land and rearing their children. The town hasn’t changed much, and it still maintains its unique character and culture.
The above photo is the view from my in-home studio. During breaks from my laptop keyboard, I’ll wander out on the deck and take it all in. It not only gives my eyes a rest but also quiets my mind.
Heading south from North San Juan, it’s literally “over the river and through the woods” to the historic cities of Nevada City and Grass Valley. All three of our historic gold rush towns strongly support community and the arts.
I look forward to meeting you and learning more about your project!