My painting ‘All Distances’ selected for book cover

Book cover with cover image, All Distances (detail), by Holly Van Hart, abstract oil painting

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.”

The book is titled The European Court of Human Rights, Implementing Strasbourg’s Judgments on Domestic Policy, edited by Dia Anagnostou.

Dia and I have met by email (she’s based in Greece) and I hope to meet her in person one of these days/years soon.


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What is success?

A new article published on The Commissioned!

Meet Holly Van Hart, the Energetic and Calm Artist

Artist Holly Van Hart | Photo by Daniel Garcia of Content Magazine

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.

To create a stunning piece of calm and beauty, visit Holly’s artist page .

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At the beach with ‘my 3 men’

After the Open Studio event, it was time to take a breather with ‘my 3 men’ . . .

Family day at the beach

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 . . .

With Melissa McKenzie, writer for the Santa Clara Weekly, at the Triton Museum gala

All dressed up, Triton Museum gala
With Melissa McKenzie, writer for the Santa Clara Weekly
Photo by Ron Dell’Aquila
More ‘life as an artist’ photos here

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!

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‘Possibilities Unfurling’

Oil painting by Holly Van Hart

Possibilities Unfurling
30 x 40 inches
Oil, acrylic, silica sand, and silicon wafers on canvas
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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.


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Are there any paintings you would not sell? (Santa Clara Weekly article)

Friends often ask “Are there any paintings you would not sell?” Great question. Yes, there are 4 of them, shown here –


Photo by Melissa McKenzie

In an interview that took place in my studio, reporter Melissa McKenzie was full of questions about art & life & my Triton Museum of Art solo exhibition. Click here to see the story she featured in the newspaper’s Art & Entertainment section.

If you missed my solo show but would like to take a look, click to see a video walk-through, pics, and the Triton Museum catalog (free).

[Top 50 Questions] #17 – What is the hardest part of creating a painting?

Forest painting | Holly Van Hart | abstract trees in a sunlit forest, oil painting, title 'Alternate Reality'

Alternate Reality
30 x 40″ oil painting by Holly Van Hart
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Question #17 – What is the hardest part of creating a painting?

The hardest part of creating a painting is coming up with an amazing idea, and then turning that idea into an inspired design.

Producing the painting (that is, putting the paint on the canvas)  isn’t a piece of cake either, but that seems to flow once the first part is nailed down.


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[Top 50 Questions] What if you’re not inspired to paint?

Yes, that does happen sometimes, unfortunately.

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!


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‘Saratoga Rose’


Saratoga Rose, Watercolor painting by Holly Van Hart

Saratoga Rose, Watercolor painting by Holly Van Hart

The amazing Marching Band at Saratoga High School has been selected to march in the 2016 Rose Bowl Parade.  Congratulations!!!

You can read more here in the San Jose Mercury News article, and see a YouTube video of this exciting announcement here.

In the Marching Band’s honor, I am posting this watercolor painting, ‘Saratoga Rose’, created a few years ago.

Once again, a huge congratulations to the Saratoga HS Marching Band!!!!

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