Olga Sweet earned a bachelor's degree and two masters' degrees in art and philosophy from Moscow Imperial University. She studied portraiture privately with Ronald Sherr and the late Dr. Robert Reed.
Mr. Sherr’s portraits of President George H.W. Bush and Colin Powell are in the National Portrait Gallery. His double portrait of President George H.W. Bush and President George W. Bush is in the Bush Presidential Library. Mr. Sherr has also painted portraits of: Nicholas Brady, the former Secretary of the Treasury; the late Senator John Heinz; Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy; James Florio, the former Governor of New Jersey; Dr. Harold Shapiro, the President Emeritus of Princeton University; and, many other dignitaries. Mr. Sherr is a former Professor of Portraiture at The Art Students League of New York.
Dr. Reed was Professor of Painting and Printmaking at the Yale University School of Art. His work is in the permanent collections of the Hirshhorn Museum, the Walker Art Center, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Yale University Art Gallery, and the Bayly Museum. Dr. Reed was the founder and director of the Institute for Studio Studies in Auvillar, France.