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Hi, I’m Holly!
Hello and welcome to my website! I am so glad you came for a visit. A little about me. I was born in the grape country of Lindsey, California and raised in the state of Kansas. I have been writing stories, poems and drawing since I could hold a pencil! I grew up in a home filled with composers, authors, singers, classic children’s books and family stories. So naturally, I followed my love of creating and decided to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Kansas State University.
After graduation, I worked in Kansas City for awhile drawing for a newspaper, a graphic studio and working at a Hallmark Card shop. I also took 12 sessions from famous portrait painter at the time, Harry Fredman. After a couple of years, I toured awhile with a children’s music and puppet ministry, then went back home to Manhattan Kansas, married a Floridian, and pursued a degree in Elementary Education.
My Art Journey
While raising my three daughters I was invited to teach art to a friend’s daughter. That was back in 1994. From there, I became a private drawing and painting instructor for children and adults, creating the curriculum for the class: The Joy of Drawing, from Real Life and Pictures. So far, I am still teaching on a part time schedule today in 2021.
While living here in “The Little Apple,” Manhattan, Kansas, I was able to join a community watercolor group where I learned from some of the best watercolor masters in the country: Feeling Lin, Tom Linch and many others. I have developed a unique style of using watercolor pencils and watercolor paints that produce lovely cards, prints and exhibition pieces inspired by nature, places, people, and interpretations of the beautiful life around me.
I love to hear from readers! Feel free to contact me with your creative story. I’ll be showcasing the drawings of children every month. Young artists wil love uploading their picture and entering Janey’s Art Festival. Stay tuned for more!
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Ready to create something yourself? Here are a few of my favorite art supplies! From pencils and paints to mixed media pads, I share my everyday art tools. Follow the links to buy your supplies. Then take a brush and create something amazing!