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Holly Brooks – ARTIST’S STATEMENT

I have always loved art.  When I was young I loved to draw animals.  I think there was a certain magical sense of acquisition after creating a likeness of what I saw. I spent hours trying to draw horses in perfect silhouette, becoming familiar with every curve in the profile of the horse.  When I was in high school I kept sketchbooks and drew people and landscapes in ink and pencil.  I loved art classes above anything else in school.  I began as an art major in college but didn’t believe painting  would lead to a career.  Later I went to graduate school and received my master’s degree in Landscape Architecture.  Designing landscapes kept my creative juices flowing.  Since I began working for a landscaping  company, my winters were slow and I found myself traveling for extended periods in Mexico and the Caribbean with my art supplies.  A magical, inspiring painting trip to Todos Santos Mexico brought me back to my primary love of art and in 1999 I decided to pursue painting full time.

I have been painting now in watercolor and acrylic.  I love watercolor because of its translucency and its ability to surprise you if you are willing to let the “happy accidents” happen.  To me, the perfect watercolor is a balance between controlled knowledge and a bit of reckless abandon.  I have more recently started painting in acrylic.  In comparison to the watercolors, I am able to layer the acrylic indefinitely and therefore continually rethink what I am doing.  I value simplicity above almost anything else.  I like to be able to capture the landscape in an abbreviated way and to play with color and shapes on the canvas in such a way that it appears fresh and effortless.  I don’t like extraneous detail.  There are quite a number of ingredients, as artists know, that go into the magic of it, such as color relationships, composition, positive and negative shapes and value contrast.  Ultimately, it is a way of saying, “This is what I was looking at or thinking of and appreciating, and here is the way I captured it in my vocabulary.”

 

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