Holland Berkley received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Art Education from the University of Southern Mississippi. She went on to teach art in the elementary school system before pursuing a full-time career as an artist.
Holland-Berkley’s life has always been a journey filled with creating images. Whether she is developing concepts on paper, canvas, or metal plates, she strives to draw honest and intriguing lines, to investigate the beautiful, as well as the odd, and to illuminate the common. Holland-Berkley’s goal in creating her art is to convey a sense of mystery and awe. Her human forms, abstracted rather than literal, are placed in an environment of graphic symbols and universal patterns derived from primitive cultures.
Her works are achieved through many layers of glazes, washes and textural compounds, along with the incorporation of other elements such as sand and newspaper. Only by this method does she achieve the age worn patina of old paintings, or the weathered surface of stone, wood, metals and fabric. The list of materials used by Holland is extensive and ever changing: raw pigments, charcoal glazes, varnishes, compounds & minerals, and metallic leaf.
Size 30" x 40"