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Santa Barbara Artist Holli Harmon

With an emphasis on coastal living, a selection of artist Holli Harmon’s new series of oil paintings “Apuntes” are inspirations for her recent “Go For It” series, “ Water “ series, and her latest, “Playing with Fire”.


Float Like a Cannonball/oil on panel, 6″x6″


Santa Barbara Artist Holli Harmon…

“About 70% of the earth is covered by our oceans. Our bodies are made of about 60% water. I think we are drawn to water whether it is a kiddie pool or the Pacific Ocean.  We sit by it, drink it, bathe in it, run from it during storms or pray for it during droughts. But it brings us extraordinary amounts of pleasure where ever we find it.”

This summer, I saw one of my favorite artists, Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida at the San Diego Museum of Art.  I loved his collection of “apuntes” (which translates to notes from Spanish). These small sketches were lovely, intimate, little vignettes.  These figures and scenes were often found in his larger paintings. And that is exactly how I like to work. Often, my little Apuntes, are really just dots of color.  Some may end up as a new large painting.  I wait to see which images sing the loudest from my new little flock of miniature masterpieces.



Two-Bers/oil on panel, 6″x6″


Drumstick/oil on panel, 6″x6″


Kersploosh/oil on panel, 6″x6″


Three Graces/48″x60″

“I find myself to be a contrarian at times, so as a painter, the description of a “contemporary traditionalist” is fitting.  It reflects my effort to use imagery that is clearly current while honoring the tradition of painting.  My narratives are told with characters and scenes that are ordinary in our modern world. My paintings are material records of the places and people who have been significant to me in my personal experience,” Harmon states. “I continually experiment with the paint and surface and texture, so that it has a life separate from the subject it describes.”

The image is not photo-realistic, but rather sumptuously painted by any means necessary, whether it is impasto paint with palette
knives or thin glazes of color.



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