GAIL HOLL

I don’t set out to produce art about one subject or another. Or even one material or another. I’m never without a sketchbook to hand so I am constantly drawing and sometimes the drawings are left in the sketchbook and other times they develop into more in-depth ideas and detailed images.

My subject matter is about whatever catches my fancy. I can be intrigued with a sunset, or an apple on a shelf. I love to study a face and try to bring out the personality of the model in front of me. I sometimes use bits and parts to create a totally new composition. I like to travel, and often I can catch my experiences in my sketch book.

People always ask for my artist statement so I needed to do one but I’ve never liked to explain a certain piece of work – if you’ve made a picture and that’s how you wanted it to be – hopefully it can speak for itself and whatever it says to the viewer – it’s the right message because there isn’t a wrong and a right message. Each person takes something a little different from the same picture and I’m happy with that.

 


My influences are first and foremost everything I see, feel and experience, but my formative ventures into the art word was the beautiful and extensive collections in the museums on the East Coast. I grew up in Washington D.C, and was a regular visitor to the collections in the Smithsonian Institution. I went to college in Philadelphia, and visited galleries and museums there, as well as New York City.