Holly was born in Toronto and had the great fortune of growing up in the Dundas area. She began her art education at Dundas Valley School of Art while it was still under the original administration, Mario Polidori as Director.
Travels include Italy, Mexico, Central and South America. She currently lives and works in the Hamilton area, when not escaping to the wilds of the District of Timiskiming, in Ontario’s Near North.
Holly has exhibited in Canada, the United States and Italy.
She is represented locally by Gallery on the Bay, Hamilton.
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 & TRAINING:
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.
EXHIBITIONS & SHOWS:
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