As a Maine native, Holly has always found inspiration in the ever-changing beauty and moods of her surroundings. Painting is a natural expression of her creative vision, and she strives to show others the meaningful, healing tranquility that the Maine landscape offers through colors, shapes, and compositional relationships. She frequently takes the opportunity to experience her locale by travelling to remote island destinations or simply stepping outside her house. In these natural environments, she absorbs the spectacular views of the coastline with its inlets and rolling hillsides, feels the energy of the vegetation and rocks, and smells the sweet aromas of the fir trees and flowers. Her interpretations of these experiences offer glimpses of Maine’s magnificence, heritage, and romance, giving her paintings a truly authentic quality.
In addition to a lifetime devoted to expressing herself through art, Holly is a retired art educator with over 30 years’ experience teaching art and photography to high school students and adults. Holly’s teaching philosophy is to always encourage and inspire her students to view their environs in new and different ways, and to expand their perceptions of who they are and what they are capable of when it comes to becoming a creative artist.
Holly has a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from the University of Southern Maine. Her work is in numerous public and private collections, including The First National Bancorp and The Samoset Resort. See her work in person this summer at Mars Hall Gallery in Port Clyde, Maine, Summer Island Studio in Brunswick, Maine, or contact her directly to visit her studio at her home in Rockport, Maine.