Stepping Into My Artist Self

For the last several months, I have been a participant in the Flagstaff Art Council’s ArtBox Institute. It’s been a deeply transformative time as I have been dedicating myself to thriving as an artist.

I will say this – being an artist does not have to mean making an oath to loneliness or poverty.

I have my first show in Flagstaff, AZ coming up in May. This is my current artist statement – you’re seeing it here first! 

My work is a physical response to my relationship with Nature and how I move through it. I’m not satisfied with skittering along the surface, with looking at the world from a distance—I have to dive in, get dirty. Whether I’m mountain biking, meditating or painting, I explore the edges, the places of shift and change, where the thin quiver of constant movement along boundaries is almost unseen. Pushing the edge requires being in the moment; it can be prickly, sharp, and jagged—it can also be fun, expansive, and sublime. My paintings often begin as a meditation in agitation. Pressing the surface of discomfort, moving with the medium, creates a shift. The result is playful and raw. I know a piece is done when I step back from the canvas and find myself dancing.

one and one makes three, oil on canvas, 18%22 x 18%22 © 2016 Holly Troy INSTA

One and One Makes Three, Oil on Canvas, 18″ x 18″ © 2016 Holly Troy

Thanks for reading!

Holly

  1. I like it Holly. I love following you. Don’t see much but did see some of the trail riding you did. I’m glad Laura shared this.

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    1. I love writing posts, this last year has been pretty hectic and I stepped back a little bit after we lost Heather – but yes, getting back. I’m glad you enjoy my posts.

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  2. Terrific painting and write up Holly!! Congrats on your show! May I PLEEEEZ put both in my newsletter!? ❤

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    1. Hi Geordie – Thank you! and YES YES YES! 🙂 Guess what? The painting shown in this post – SOLD – Shipping to Australia in the next couple of days.

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      1. Thnx Holly!! 😃❤️🙏 That’s fantastic that you sold it!! It’s very tripppy – numinous. You’ll always be one of my favorite artists! And the fliers are perfect for my Equinox newsletter!

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        1. …..the flowers… 🙂

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        2. that’s what art’s about! communicating, connecting, sharing! I’m so happy you are diggin’ it! xo

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          1. Does that paining have a name?

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          2. I guess I should put that in the post. 😉 it’s called one and one makes three.

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  3. Holly,

    Love the way you articulated why you paint, and the painting also! Congratulations on the show!

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