Cover image of this book is a detail of my abstract oil painting ‘All Distances’
My painting ‘All Distances’ was selected for the cover of this book!
Here’s a note in the book from the editor . . . “Special thanks go to artist Holly Van Hart from the San Francisco Bay area, who once again has kindly given her permission to use one of her paintings, All Distances, for the book cover. Even though we never met in person, her paintings formed the bridge that brought us into contact, reiterating the underlying concept about how we are all connected across nations, distances, time and cultures.”
Meet Holly Van Hart, the Energetic and Calm Artist
“You perfectly transformed my dream into reality in the form of a stunningly beautiful painting.” — Dr. S. Hall, Ventura, California (a satisfied collector of Holly’s paintings)
One word that best describes your style: Energetic yet calm
1. What does a typical day in your life look like?
I wake up and can’t wait to get painting! Usually I’m in the studio and painting in the early morning, then enjoy breakfast with my husband and sons, then back to the studio for a full day of painting. Evenings are for taking care of the business part of being an artist…updating my website, responding to emails, etc.
2. What does your studio look like?
I have a home studio in a separate part of the house that comfortably holds me and lots of canvases – big and small! It has lots of windows and even a door that is mostly a window.
3. Tell us one unique thing about you and your art.
Collectors tell me they find my work inspirational. I’m honored by that, because with titles like ‘Possibilities Abound’, ‘Larger than Life’, and ‘Dream Weaver’, that’s exactly what I had in mind when painting them.
4. What do you love most about being an artist?
I love how it connects me to people…giving me new friends and strengthening ties with established friends.
5. What are 3 things you can’t live without in a day?
Painting, chocolate, time with my family and friends.
6. Where do you get inspiration when you need it most?
Internally, and from looking around in nature. Also, other artists are a huge inspiration.
7. What does success look like to you?
Making paintings that I’m proud of, and finding collectors who love to have them.
After the Open Studio event, it was time to take a breather with ‘my 3 men’ . . .
At the beach with my husband Ike and sons Skyler and Erik With friends like you, and family like this, I feel like the luckiest gal in the world!
The week before Open Studios was a fundraising auction and gala for the Triton Museum of Art. The gala is an annual event, but this year was super-special because it was the Triton’s 50th anniversary. I donated a painting and attended the gala . . .
Now I’m back glad to be back in the studio and making a bunch of commissioned paintings, as well as preparing for upcoming exhibits at the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe (summer-fall 2015), Stanford Art Spaces (2016), and The New Museum (2017). If you’ll be in Lake Tahoe this summer, you can check out my work in person at the Ritz-Carlton, right outside the spa. Many thanks to Slate Art Consulting for this opportunity.
We have just a few weeks left of spring . . . hope yours is full of sunshine and smiles!
Ever feel in the mood for something new & different? That’s how I felt while painting ‘Possibilities Unfurling’, first in a new series of abstract ribbon-esque paintings.
These ribbon-esques represent colorful nests that are woven together with ribbons and circles. These paintings highlight the promise of our own creativity and capabilities, to be nurtured and explored and stretched to their fullest potential.
Look closely and you’ll find areas of heavily textured paint. These textures are created with silicon wafers and silica sand, and represent creativity – creativity in its most universal sense, and also the technology innovation specific to Silicon Valley in northern California. (Silicon wafers are fabricated from silica sand, and are used to make computer chips.)
Silicon Valley, like the world itself, is alive with possibilities. And that will be the name of this new ribbon-esque series of paintings, ‘Alive with Possibilities’. See more here.
Usually I’m brimming with ideas for paintings, and almost always have a few ideas that are competing for attention on any given day.
But on some days I’m just not feeling it. When that happens, I follow the advice of Chuck Close, an amazing and famous artist, who says “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work. . . . All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself.”
That’s my experience too. Once I pick up a pencil or paintbrush, ideas will often reveal themselves. Then I’m inspired all over again!