“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.” ~Georgia O’Keeffe
Holly McWilliams is a multifaceted, creative artist that thrives on the idea of expression in her art - in
whatever form that takes.
For as long as Holly can remember, she has been a creative, drawn to expressing herself visually. She has always seen her environment through a very visual lens, perceiving vignettes and cameos of perfect compositions all around her - just waiting to be captured on canvas.
She is primarily a painter and has produced collections in watercolor, acrylic, oil, and mixed media. Simply put, Holly is an artist, with no limitations of mediums and is interested in a variety of subjects.
She is attracted to dramatic lighting and moody atmospheres, bold brushwork, and vivid colours. She weaves together these things with subjects that she is interested in to create beauty, in a thought- provoking way, engaging the senses.
She has vast bodies of work with a variety of subjects that range from figures to urban and rural landscapes, Ravens, and her magical collection of the Dreamscape Series.
Even though these are uniquely different, they provide a visual escape for her viewer where they can be swept up and transported, however briefly, to another time and place. She is interested in not only capturing a moment on canvas, but what it feels like to be in that moment, giving a definite immediacy and tangibility to her work.
" I want to close in on that moment where nothing else matters but being present - that "just breathe" moment… appreciating the beauty around me. That's why I love to paint, I'm really trying to capture the physical essence of what it is to be alive and feeling that energy... that is what really inspires me, in life and in art." ~Holly McWilliams
Her formal art training was at ACAD in the mid 90’s where she majored in sculpture. Holly has always been a painter and after her schooling she went back to her roots and created a career in the arts.
From the year 2000, Holly has been a professional artist, and an art educator. She is a gifted communicator and wanted to share her passion of the arts. She officially started her company, Indigo Arts, in 2005 with the goal to educate, inspire and make ART.
To this date she has successfully taught, mentored and coached thousands of people ranging from
beginner to professional artists and created vast bodies of her own work.
Holly lives in Calgary, Alberta and has work in a number of collections, both corporate and private, in Canada, USA and Europe.
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