Holleb begins the act of painting by pouring a patina solution on the surface of the copper and letting it run in various directions and oxidize. Typically, this process dictates the direction the composition will develop, and the use of chance and spontaneous activity becomes the foundation for all that follows. Says Holleb: "I actually paint/draw with the patinas and splash them across the metal because I enjoy the uncertainty of what will happen - it creates a challenge as to how to paint the piece."
As Holleb develops the work, the paintings become compelling and ambitious meditations on our relationship to the natural world. Holleb uses oil paint to seemingly coax a landscape from the surface of the painting. In some of the recent work, her focus has turned upward, and the light through leaves and branches in the forest has become her subject. "For me, the light in my paintings is not just the light we see with our eyes but is also an allegorical light, something I think we all need every day in our lives to give us hope." Holleb continues: "I want my paintings to vibrate on the wall and I want viewers to have to stop and wonder for a moment, 'What am I looking at?' - I want to encourage them to create their own interpretations."
All paintings are painted on sheets of pure copper, and framed with a 3 inch wide black frame. The frame structure supports the sheet of copper, and presents the painting in a visually attractive manner. Dimensions listed are with frame. As an example, the first painting is pictured with and without the frame. Please contact the gallery to see any painting pictured with the frame.
Linear Dance, oil and patina on copper, pictured with frame, 18x18
Linear Dance, oil and patina on copper, framed size, 18x18
Wrightwood's Flood, 26x26, oil and patina on copper, framed, 41x61
County Road A, oil and patina on copper, framed, 41x61
Prairie Dogs, oil and patina on copper, framed, 41x61
In the Garden: Lilacs, oil and patina on copper, framed, 31x38
In the Garden: Tulips, oil and patina on copper, framed, 31x38
Tropical Vibrato, oil and patina on copper, framed, 38x38