CAPTURING CLOUDS By David Holland
- Visitor Center Lobby, Crystal Bridge
- Exhibit run dates: July 18 – August 20, 2019
- Opening Reception, Thursday, August 8, 5-7pm
- Free and open to the public
I am an avid sky watcher. Oklahoma is where I was born in 1959 and where I landed for good in 1977. The skies and cloudscapes I watch here, are among the most varied and entertaining to be found anywhere in the world. I think of the storms I witness as an essential blessing that distribute the building block of all life on Earth – water.
I relish every moment of time I spend observing and photographing storms, and then I use my photographs to capture in oil paintings their timeless beauty and undeniable power. I consider each painting to be a portrait of an individual storm frozen in motion with accurate colorful details that work to represent its unique personality.
David J. Holland is a fine art oil painter working in Oklahoma City. He was born in Lawton, Oklahoma in 1959 into an Army family and before graduating high school his family moved from Oklahoma to Kansas, Japan, Idaho, back to Oklahoma, Maryland, Arkansas and finally back to Oklahoma permanently in 1977.
Holland attended Oklahoma City University studying fine art under Brunell Farris and Jack Davis where he received a BA in Art in 1983. Jobs during this time included managing a gallery and working as an instructor, designer, and technician at a stained glass studio. Holland lost his three-dimensional sight when in 1983 a work accident left him sighted in only his right eye. He is an avid gardener, birder, photographer and cloud watcher. His current series of paintings captures the mercurial presence of clouds and storms in vivid color and detail.
Holland is an active supporter of Oklahoma artists and is a member of the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, an organization he credits for enabling his pursuit of a career as a professional full-time artist. His work is held in private, corporate and public collections in the US and in Europe.