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Points North Gallery provides knowledgeable service in custom picture framing and offers a gallery of diverse original, local and regional Fort McMurray art.

Holly McWilliams »»

“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

For as long as Holly can remember, she has been drawn to expressing herself visually, recreating images she glimpses of her world in her mind, translating them into something she can see with her heart and then transferring those perceptions into a visual medium.  Starting with innocent doodling as a child, her work has matured into moody, captivating portraits of people, landscapes, Ravens and Crows and her magical, whimsical dreamscapes, primarily all painted in oil or mixed media.  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.

Like many contemporary artists, Holly is fascinated by the play of light on her subjects and landscapes – the interplay of contrast and context, shadow and illumination and isn’t afraid to throw in a little texture for fun.  She is fascinated by art history and the idea of art as an allegory, a visual story telling through symbolism, where she find inspiration to create a deeper meaning within her work. She is also influenced by French neo-classical artists such as David, Ingrés and Delacroix and combines it with her study of sculpture as well as being a dancer treating modern subjects with a classical touch that celebrates the sensuality of the body and the land.

She is interested in not only capturing the moment but what it feels like to be in that moment, giving a definite immediacy and tangibility to her work.  She wants to provide a visual escape for her viewer where they can be swept up and transported, however briefly, to another place and time. “I want to close in on that moment of connection where nothing else matters but being in that moment – that ‘just breathe’ moment.  That’s why I love to paint because I’m really into trying to capture the physical essence of what it is to be alive and have that energy go through you…the intensity of living is what really inspires me, in life and in art.”

Holly’s formal art training was at ACAD in Calgary Alberta in the mid 90’s and since 2000 she has been a professional artist and independent fine art instructor. She developed Indigo Arts in 2005 and has set out on her goal to inspire people to realize their own passion and expression of their creative self through art.  Holly lives in Calgary, Alberta and has work in a number of collections, both corporate and private, in Canada, USA and England.  She is available for commissions and also teaches a wide array of art classes and workshops for the beginner up to professional artist.