Hollis is an artist, bookbinder and printmaker who teaches regionally. She has been developing her art since grade school and has worked as a full time studio artist for the past 15 years. While honoring traditional skills and craftsmanship, Hollis seeks an element of contemporary expression by pushing the boundaries of her media.
Her work has been exhibited and collected internationally, as well as published in multiple periodicals.
I work with natural, locally sourced botanical materials to celebrate the natural beauty of our surroundings. These eco dyed papers are created with organic botanicals, found elements, natural dyes and a damp heat process that transfers the plant dyes to paper.
I am fascinated with the resulting unpredictable graphic transformation of nature to paper as well as the documentation of the environment throughout the seasons. My work magnifies and abstracts the essence of nature providing personal meaning and context in the transformation. Each print is unique and evocative, with an unusual depth and nuance in its own natural language.
I learned early on that art happiness lies in the learning. My mind is constantly in idea mode. Possibilities intrigue me and I find everything interesting. This quality has helped me develop new skills and enhance my creativity. I find great peace in playing as a means of artistic development, regardless of the medium. How long have I been an artist? All my life.