Holly Soffee Bohannon – Art love
Art has been in my life for as long as I can remember. I loved everything about it.
In grade school, I would look forward to art class more than any of the other classes. In high school I was like a kid in a candy shop trying to decide which art class to take. I wanted to take them all!
I got married and started a family quite early. I continued to keep it close to me whenever I could, usually through my kids. My husband would always nag me ” You need to paint.” He knew deep down how important it was to me. It wasn’t until my late thirties that I finally realized, there was no ignoring that voice in my head any longer.
I started taking painting classes, and automatically it all came rushing back. My first love, my true love, my art.
I have worked in different mediums, but my favorite these days is graphite and charcoal.
I love being able to control the pencil and detail that you can achieve, especially when working on a portrait. I will usually save the eyes for last, because I believe that in the eyes there is a connection to the source- something that goes beyond what we know.
Over the years, my art has lead me to become more connected with my spirituality. It is almost meditative.
The world around me can be beautiful or grim, and it doesn’t matter. When I have my canvas or paper in front of me, life pauses and I can just “Be” even if for a moment.
Holly lives in Richmond, Va. with her husband and two teenage sons. She has been drawing and painting her whole life, and started selling her work in 2010. She is always willing to start a new project if anyone is interested in a commission.
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