A Little Bit About Holly

Holly Dunham Sketching

I am a Bristol based artist following her dreams. I’ve been drawing and doodling for as long as I can remember, and painting not long after. My childhood was spent paddling in the local stream, horse riding through the country lanes and exploring the meadow fields surrounding our little house in the village of Coombe in Gloucestershire.

After moving to the family small holding, I spent the start and end of my day feeding ducks, goats and looking after the rest of the menagerie. This love of the outdoors has clearly left its mark on me.

I chose to study Fine Art at the University of The West Of England after a fantastic time at Art College. Enjoying years of exhibiting and exploring my art practise, I was over the moon to win the John Hulla Award by the School of Creative Arts with a First Class Honours Degree. Soon after I graduated as a qualified Art Teacher at master’s level, meeting my now lovely husband Tomm.

After teaching and working in education for over 13 years I have returned to my love, my heart and my outlet of painting. A number of years away from the canvas and a spell of poor health made me rethink the direction I was heading and helped to return to what I was meant to do. I was born to be creative and given a gift to celebrate.

And so, it is time for me to share my artwork with the world. Just maybe my artwork will help others to know, hard seasons will pass, we learn from these stories and they help us to write an even better one.

What if I fall?
Oh, but my darling. What if you fly? 
Erin Hanson

Many times I am asked what I work from when I paint. The truth is it varies – photos, real life and my imagination. I am often lost in the process of painting. I enter a meditative state moving with tone, texture and the natural movements of the paint and how it wants to guide me. I work instinctively, allowing the image to evolve and the paint to generate tones and textures organically.

Colour and texture play a huge role in what I create; brush, sponge, pallet knife, fork, lace and fabric are all found in my studio. My canvas provides an exploration for my emotions and often an outlet to just ‘let it be’.

My paintings capture moments, memories and celebrations of nature, encouraging the senses to come alight and from a deep connection with earth’s gifts. My palette is generated by mood, embracing what is in my head and also what is reality, often a dance between both. The subject matter is primarily seascapes celebrating my ongoing love affair with the sea and landscapes celebrating nature and all its healing powers. Canvas’s filled with colour, vibrant colourful flowers and atmospheric skies.

I am a romantic, a believer and a spiritualist. My abstract series explores the power of meditation, its gifts and effects on me as a painter. These works involve taking risks, letting go, exploring my emotions and as a result are incredibly expressionistic.

I endeavour to inspire, to ease, bring joy and clarity and to transport the viewer to a place of peace and mindfulness. Helping people to find ways to cope with the stresses of life is important to me. As my journey unfolds I hope to be able to offer art and meditation workshops. Along with putting some of the sales of my art work towards mental health awareness charities.

I am so happy that I can share this journey with you. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.
Wishing you a colourful day.

Holly xx

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