An artist at birth, Holly has been drawing and creating since kindergarten, with her first public displays and art awards coming in Junior High School. She credits two art teachers--one in Junior High and one in High School-- with encouraging her to expand and explore her creativity. If it weren't for them, she might have left art behind as a childhood hobby.
Since that time Holly has expanded her skills through thousands of hours of self-teaching in her studio along with classes with Professor Sharon Latchaw Hirsh, President of Rosemont College, and Professor David Brody, Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Holly has been painting with acrylics and creating painted art since 1990, but in early 2018 she began experimenting with mixed media-- working a few types of art together to create one artwork. She believes that this technique gives the piece more layers, more texture, more for the brain to chew on. This has quickly become her signature style, and the type of art her clients ask for most.
She now creates paintings that include bits of collage, ink, and other items worked into them, all strategically chosen to help tell the story that the painting is depicting with her favorite subjects being aviation, military and transportation. For example, in the painting below, 1918 Air Mail, the image is painted on what looks like a post card that is postmarked from the first air mail flight of 1918. If you zoom in you can see that there are images of authentic 1918 airmail postage stamps worked into the landscape.
It's this type of art that delights this artist to create and share and the type of art that she plans to focus on for the next several years or even decade. Check out some of her other originals. Be sure to zoom in. What story details do you see?
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