Here's what best seller author Lucia St. Clair Robson says, "Ms. Hollis' paintings are in true celebration of human spirit. Her art is striking!" Ms. Robson's novel is the internationally published and New York Times Best Seller novel Ride the Wind."
Lucia St. Clair Robson, author and New York Times Best Seller novelist enjoys Comanche Warhorse painting while she weaves novels of historical romance at her lake home on on the Maryland USA coast. This work of art by emerging artist Gayla Hollis is inspired by Ride the Wind, and, Walk in My Soul; two of nine internationally published novels by Lucia St. Clair Robson. Notable and additional paintings Ms. Robson has commissioned from Gayla Hollis are Ecliptic Reflection, and, Night is Day.
Emerging artist Ms. Gayla Hollis shares with us through her art a strong spirit for life, expression of energy, and a reverence for nature. Being of French and Native American blood can you see the influential vibrancy of French culture and bold suggestions of Native American spiritual symbolism? She finds inspiration in the deep affection she holds for forests, the festive Cajun South, and Native American history.
Ms. Hollis is a multi media artist having lived and breathed a variety of the arts since dance academy at age four. Surprisingly her skill in painting lay dormant until it suddenly exploded in skyrocketing expression and color. When suggested she study famous masters Matisse, Van Gogh, and O'Keeffe, "I did not" she said, "as my intent is to paint from the universe within."
She tells of a dream that sat her straight up in bed. It was so beautiful that she immediately reached for her paint brush and canvas. The dream was a flash thunderstorm in the darkness of night lit up with lightning. Plummeting hail from the stars slowly came to a silent halt then began circling one special tree. There it was. A buffalo calf with a black tipped tail, black eyes and a black nose, and cream colored fur. The bison was illuminated and surrounded by fantastical awe inspiring color. That night Ms. Hollis began the transfer of her dream onto canvas.
Only a few weeks later the news reported the birth of a sacred buffalo calf. Eerily the bison calf was born during a hail and lightning storm, similar to Ms. Hollis' precognitive dream. Lightning Medicine Cloud is the sacred Native American 3rd true sacred buffalo and people attended the Sioux Nation's naming ceremony from all over the world. Today, her painting Buffalo of Unity is held in permanent collection at the prestigious Cultural Arts Museum, Chickasaw Nation, USA.
Ms. Hollis spent her youth in the deep south of Cajun French Louisiana culture with the Opelousas swamp and Bayou Courtableau close by. She fondly recalls friends, dance academy, skiing, and summers camping underneath the stars. After graduating high school in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma she attended universities in Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma, obtaining a B.A. degree with a concentration in Art.
Today Ms. Hollis enjoys painting at her lake studio in the picturesque Arbuckle Mountains close by the Chickasaw National Park in Oklahoma USA where the resident park buffalo are deeply ingrained into the community. Currently you may acquire her art at Whispering Willows Art Gallery in Norman and The Art Hall in Oklahoma City and at exhibits and shows.
In the words of the late Professor Griffin Blakewood, PhD, University of Louisiana, "Within the visionary art of Gayla Hollis we experience the resonant edges between matter and mystery, vision and memory, with the unfolding possibility of sun and soil and air and water dancing at the edge of positive possibility."
You will find Ms. Hollis' art powerful and emotive. Her unique style is a fresh, positive, and evocative merging of fauvism, pop art, European graffiti, and expressionism.
Currently, museums, galleries, and private collectors in Europe and on all coasts of the USA exhibit this artist's outstanding works. Art professionals claim her paintings easily recognizable as her own unique style. You will find Ms. Hollis' paintings the most popular addition to your collection, and to any reputable gallery, home, and business.
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