editedheadshotWhy I do what I do

“Nobody sees a flower – really – it is so small it takes time – we haven’t time – and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.” ~ Georgia O’Keeffe

My mission as an artist is to help and encourage people to see to the wild in the world and in their lives. That means to take care of the wilderness and the plants and animals that live there. We depend on them for our survival, both physically and spiritually. It also means to find our own personal connection to the freedom, purity, and sustaining energy of the wild. My art helps me to see and remember this unity with Creation and I hope it will do the same for others.

Nature has been my lifelong muse and teacher. As a child, I freely roamed the chaparral covered hills and orchards of my Southern California home and keenly felt the presence of the divine in nature. At a very young age, I also began drawing and painting to express my love of nature. To this day, when I walk in wild places, I feel like I have come home. I am still compelled to create art inspired by my love of the wilderness and my experiences and memories of nature. And now with an awareness of the threats that face the wilderness that I love so well, I create with even greater purpose: to save the wild.

Holly-at-workHow I do what I do

I work in a variety of media from several types of printmaking to mixed media, painting, and collage. In 2009, I began to develop a technique that I call sgraffito mixed media in which an oil pastel drawing is coated with India ink and etched to reveal the colors beneath. The resulting image combines the graphic quality of a print with the subtle color variations of a pastel painting. My explorations of this technique led to me to explore parallel processes in printmaking. I am especially drawn to the subtractive, meticulous methods of relief printmaking as well as to the opposite, additive spontaneity of monoprints. I have an extensive collection of vintage postcards and papers that find their way into my mixed media paintings. I embrace imperfect variations in my work, a sign that a human hand created these marks. That is why I also offer my works in their original form and avoid the intervention of digital reproductions. I like to keep a direct, intimate connection with my viewers, from my hand to yours.