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The Art of Billie Hollen

May 19, 2008 - Emily Dimov-Gottshall

I recently asked local artist, Billie Hollen about her artwork and what inspires her. She began to describe how art influenced her at a very young age:

EDG:  When did you first become interested in art? How long have you been painting? What else do you do besides paint? 

I have been interested in art for as far back as I can remember.  I was always drawing.  Art has been there for me in all the good and bad days of my life.  I had many influences in my life.  As a child I was fascinated by Disney and I would sit and draw his characters to perfection... I started to respect the differences in styles but I fell in love with realism.


As my children grew, I entered the world of arts and crafts. I made countless amounts of care bears, cabbage patch dolls and creatures of my own.  I sold these at craft shows and through special orders at Christmas time and other holidays.  This was my way of staying home with my kids and earning an income.

 

 EDG:  Tell us about who influenced you in art and as a teacher.

About 11 years ago I met an incredible teacher and friend.  Her name was Thelma Gagermeier.  She showed me the world of painting with oils. I have never looked back.  I am hooked for life.  Along with showing me the techniques she gave me an even bigger gift. She helped me to see the colors of life, the true beauty of nature and the will to teach others.  I am forever thankful to her.

EDG: Do you have a favorite topic or theme you like to explore in your work? Do you have a speial painting?

 

I have no favorite topic;  I paint what I feel.  It could be a butterfly on a flower or a huge landscape.  If it is in my heart, it will end up on a canvas sooner or later.  I have many special paintings.  They are special for as many reasons as they are different.

Since I started with oils I have shown my work many places. I have been in many juried shows and had a few private shows at local galleries.  I have also received many awards although the ones I am most proud of are the two Peoples Choice awards. 

Most of my work is done from photos so life and family give me more to paint than I (could) ever imagine.  It is a wonderful feeling to be able to capture these moments forever with a stroke of the brush and the smell of the oils.  I just recently moved into my own studio.  It is there that I plan to paint until I can no longer hold a brush.  I also hope to teach a few people along the way. 

 

Billie Hollen is a part of the Art in Common group and was recently selected for a juried art show at the Blair County Arts Festival. She has shown her work locally and through out Pennsylvania.

 
 

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