“My life is family and art. When I create art it feels like I am painting
music with each brush stroke nudging color to marry into a happy beautiful surprise." I apply paint to my canvas free hand and rarely
do I sketch or plan much ahead so that each painting seems to take
a life of its own. Creative ideas pop into my thoughts often and are
inspired by my everyday life, nature, and my Native American and
French heritage. My favorite subjects to paint are bison, sunsets,
guitars, and trees. For updates on my upcoming kids story songs
project join my Updates List, and follow my Instagram and Facebook.”
In the words of 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."
"New York Times Best Seller novelist Lucia St. Clair Robson says, "Ms. Hollis' paintings are in true celebration of human spirit. Her art is striking."
Gayla Hollis, Multi Media Artist
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.
Gayla Hollis, multimedia artist, grew up in the festive culture of Southern Louisiana. 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 you see the influential vibrancy of festive 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 her home state of Oklahoma. She talks about how the friends, colorful music, and bayous of Cajun French Louisiana, and, Native American spirituality of her birth state find their way into her art. She holds a B.A. in Art from ECU, University of Louisiana, Nicholls State University, and OU. In Dallas she was honored by the Governor for her Arts-in-Ed program and volunteer work as a traveling artist in schools in a tri-state area featuring her songs, puppetry, and stories. Today her creative focus is painting. Watch for updates on the upcoming kids story songs project. She resides in Oklahoma USA and paints in the picturesque Arbuckle Mountains and in Oklahoma City. She is involved with OVAC, PAC, OCMOA, Norman Art Guild, Mid Del Art Guild, Lafayette Art Association, and Artists of the Arbuckles. Her unique painting style is attained through creating contemporary paintings with watercolor on canvas and paper. You will find her art easily recognizable with hints of French fauvism, American pop, European graffiti, and expressionism. Gayla Hollis says "I only see my life with family and art in it. It feels like I am painting music, and with each stroke across the canvas my paintbrush nudges the colors to marry into a pleasant surprise." Follow Gayla Hollis Art on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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.
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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