Holly Tripp: abstract & crafter

Holly Tripp  – early inspiration

Holly says: Growing up there wasn’t a lot on money around so my mother taught us how to be creative and inspired by the things around us. My earliest memories of me creating art are when I was in grade school. Maybe age 7 or so. I did a school project painting on glass. It was a house with trees. I remember being in my Dad’s studio and the smell of the oil paints and linseed oil. I still love that smell today.


A Santa Box: Intricate, Original Detail. All by hand.

Following an internal compass

I don’t set out to produce art about one subject or another, but instead follow my internal
compass. As I find things interesting, I visualize and put it to paper in my sketchbook sometimes. There the  drawings are left until I can develop more in-depth ideas and detailed images.

Other times, I just see something in the paint as I am laying it onto the canvas. Sometimes
music plays a role in what I create.

Abstract and more

turbulence 300

Turbulance: an abstract

I see myself as more of an abstract artist, but I work in many genres and am inspired by
everything from Realist to Dadaist. Some artists who inspire me are Anselm Kiefer, Vincent Van Gogh, Salvador Dali, Claude Monet, and local artists Brian Frink, Shawn McNulty, Kyle Osvog, and Susan Fryer Voigt.

Small scale

I  also work on a smaller scale. I create pieces of art on wooden boxes and wooden Nesting dolls, traditionally known as “Matryoshka dolls.” I make these dolls in an unconventional style. I do what I like, and I like a lot of detail. Each piece is unique. If you put my paintings next to my crafts most people think they are from two different artists Holly is an abstract painter who works with acrylics and oils. She loves movement and color in her work.

Hand-drawn – Hand-painted – No stencils – No templates

As a crafter, she paints unique pieces using wood products such as boxes, trays and nesting dolls. Each piece is hand-drawn and hand-painted with no stencils or templates. Her favorite themes are Christmas and Fairies. She also loves Asian-inspired themes.


3 santas

Japanese Nesting Dolls (above) and 3 Santa Boxes (below)



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