The landscape has always had a powerful pull on me and has shaped my sensibilities from a very early age all the way through my painting career. Recently I wanted to examine just how I related to the landscape, to challenge myself and take some risks. So I spent two months alone just painting the landscape on location, without photo references, without fellow painters, to see if I had the chops to paint in a more immediate, responsive and improvisational way. These four paintings were among the forty or so I brought home.
Biography A native of Virginia, Kathy Holland attended the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond VA. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and printmaking in 1978. That summer she studied wood-engraving with Blair Hughes-Stanton at the Central School of Art and Design in London, England. From 1979 to 1981 she worked as a printmaker at the Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven CT. Since graduation from university she has created drawings, etchings, and paintings, as well as maintaining a full schedule of juried national and international exhibitions and solo shows. In addition she has worked as a freelance graphic artist, medical illustrator, muralist, and drawing instructor. She emigrated to Canada in 1986, became a dual Canadian-American citizen in 1991, and maintained a home and studio in Deep River, Ontario for over 11 years. During that time her work was exhibited extensively in solo shows throughout Ontario and in juried shows across the US. She moved to Oak Ridge TN in 1997, with a solo exhibition the following spring at the Townsend Gallery in the Candy Factory in Knoxville. Recent group shows include “Realism 2002” in Parkersburg WV; “Exhibition South” (2002 and 2003); “An American Experience” in Winston-Salem NC; “Terrestrial Forces” at the Florida State University Museum (2004); and the annual “Open Show” at the Oak Ridge Art Center, accepted in 11 shows since 1997. Since returning to the US she has had solo exhibitions at the Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery in Nashville (2004), the Oak Ridge Art Center (2002), and several times at the Art Market Gallery in Knoxville. She works primarily as a full-time studio artist, creating drawings and paintings. Presently she is an exhibiting member, board member and website manager of the Art Market Gallery in Knoxville. She also teaches drawing, painting, and life-drawing classes at the Oak Ridge Art Center and the Knoxville Museum of Art.