Instructor Profile

Holly Sneath

B.A., M.F.A.

Holly Sneath lives and works from her studio in Hamilton.

Over the past 40 years, Holly has explored many genres, including landscape, portrait and abstraction. Her summer escape to the District of Timiskaming in Northern Ontario inspires the smaller works en plein air, as well as the larger studio paintings. The magical skies, the ever-changing lake and the crazy Jack Pines never fail to illicit response.

She has been an instructor at the Dundas Valley School of Art since January 2000, teaching drawing and painting classes in portrait, figure, still life, landscape and abstraction. Holly also teaches at George Brown College, Toronto, in the Design and Media Studies Departments.

Holly’s work can be seen at the Carnegie Gallery, in Dundas Ontario. Her works can be found in collections in Canada, the U.S.A., and Italy.

She holds an MFA from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., and a BA from the University of Waterloo.

Visit her website at: www.hollysneath.com

Artist Statement

Painting is a conscious attempt to unravel, through visualization and introspection, the essential elements of significance to one’s life. While working through studies from life as well as abstract imagery, I try to catch a glimpse beneath my own veneer of consciousness from which to construct a personal hypothesis of reality. One can only hope that the resulting work might resonate with the viewer.

Background, Exhibitions & shows

Holly teaches drawing and painting at Dundas Valley School of Art as well as George Brown College, School of Design, Toronto, Ontario.

*M.F.A., (Master of Fine Arts) in Painting, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1990

*B.A., Fine Arts, University of Waterloo, 1988.

Portraits, Gallery on the Bay, Hamilton ON, March 2013
New Work, Gallery on the Bay, Hamilton ON, May 2011
Fugue, New Work, Gallery on the Bay, Hamilton ON, April 2009
FlipSide, New Paintings, Carnegie Gallery, Dundas ON, February 2009
Pastels, Dofasco Gallery,  Dundas ON  November 2004
Paintings and Pottery, St. James Anglican Church, Dundas, ON April 1999
Council for the Arts Invitational Exhibition, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, March 1994.
Paintings, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Hartell Gallery, Cornell University, April 1990
Prints and Paintings, Olive Tjaden Gallery, Cornell University, March 1990
Out of Character, Olive Tjaden Gallery, Cornell University, February 1990
New Works: Graduate Student Show, Olive Tjaden Gallery, Cornell, Oct. ‘88 , ‘89
Recent Works, Colombus Centre Art Gallery, Toronto, ON, December 1986
XXIV Mostra Regionale di Pittura, Sculptura, e Grafica, Centro Friulana Arte Plastiche, Galleria Del Centro, Udine, Italy, January, 1985
Pastels, Sir Harry Oakes Museum, Kirkland Lake, ON  September 1984
Paintings, Laboratorio Degli Artisti, Udine, Italy, January 1984

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