holly hope banks

"There was always the urge to draw, mostly nature, trees, birds, animals, sometimes family members. And always the wonderment of nature. I was fortunate enough to grow up in the country. Long, solitary walks in the woods nurtured my creative spirit."

Initially, Holly studied art at the University of Toledo, receiving a B.A.degree.  After college, she moved to Washington D.C. to study the museum collections and became a copyist at the National Gallery for a few years.  She then had extensive training at the Atelier of Plein Air Studies for four years, which she attributes to making the greatest impact on her work.

Her style of painting is a synthesis of her personal preference for brushwork, realism and fresh color.

Holly is a realist painter who specializes in portraits, figurative outdoor work, and still life. Her paintings are in important, private collections across the country. Her work has been included in numerous national juried exhibitions where she has won many major awards. Her work has also been included in exhibitions in 2017, 2016, 2011, 2010, 2001 and 2000 at the Butler Institute of American Art. In 2011, the Butler museum purchased her pastel, "Artist's Mother' for their permanent collection. In addition, she won the prestigious "Leila Gardin Sawyer Award" in 2011 and the "Medal of Honor" in 2009 in the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club Exhibition in New York.  She was also a finalist in the 7th, 12th , 13th and this year's 14th International ARC Salon competition.

In 1996, Holly was one of six American artists chosen for cultural exchange with the Union of Russian Artists. They were the first group of American artists to be officially invited to Russia. Her work was featured in an American/Russian show in Kolomna and Moscow, Russia.

In 1998, she was named as one of ten prominent emerging artists in an article of American Artist magazine, and wrote an article, 'An Artistic Imagination', which was published in the same magazine in the October 2001 issue.   Her portrait of Ms. Ramona Tumblin was selected for the Best of Portrait painting, North Light Books, 1998. She is listed in numerous reference books including Who's Who in American Art, Who's Who of American Women and Who's Who in the World. Holly is represented by Rehs Galleries, Inc of New York, Richard Gandy Gallery of Realistic Art as well as several national portrait brokers.

Holly welcoming the brood