IMG_3800“My work inquires into the relationships of shape and line. I explore the language of mark making; how loosely referential forms and scribbles, for example, can evoke qualities of memory, recognition and experience.”

“In Zen Buddhism there is a phase called “beginners mind,” the ability to see things as if for the first time, to go beyond preconceptions, conventions and words. These paintings are like meditations or journal entries about seeing the world with a sense of discovery.”

“The layers relay a story of the inquiry; unlearning and unraveling. The naïve quality is an invitation to the viewer to embrace memories and explore ones unique ways of witnessing and relating to our surroundings.”

Holly Hauser was born in 1963 in NYC. She received her BFA in painting and sculpture from California College of Arts and Crafts in 1989. Working as an artist and licensed clinical Social worker, she incorporates art making into her work with children and families. In 1992 she moved to the live/work Brickbottom Artists building in Somerville, Massachusetts. As a member of this active Community Artists Association, she exhibited in Boston area galleries and artists cooperatives including Café Cezanne, Out of the Blue Gallery, Jules Place and Marquit Gallery. Her paintings have also had solo exhibitions in regional galleries including Left Bank Gallery in Orleans, Ma. Bennett Street Gallery, Atlanta, Ga., WEst Branch Gallery, Stowe, Vermont and Spencertown Academy, Spencertown, NY.

Awards include All College Honors from California College of Arts and Crafts, and The New Jersey Center for the Arts competition juried by the Whitney Museum. She has been previewed in Art New England Magazine, as well as in on line artist’s reviews and websites including Paintingsdirect.com.

Holly lives in Burlington, Vermont and works as a social worker and painter.