Ever present and always enduring in Holland’s life has been the journey of making images. Whether she is developing concepts on paper, canvas, or metal plates, she strives to draw honest and intriguing lines, to investigate the beautiful, as well as the odd, and to illuminate the common.
Holland Berkley’s goal in creating her art is to convey a sense of mystery and awe. Her human forms, abstracted rather than literal, are placed in an environment of graphic symbols and universal patterns derived from primitive cultures.
Her images are achieved through many layers of glazes, washes, and textural compounds, along with the incorporation of other elements such as sand and newspaper. Only by this method does she achieve the age-worn patina of old paintings or the weathered surface of stone, wood, metals, and fabric. The list of materials used by Holland is extensive and ever changing: raw pigments, charcoal, glazes, varnishes, and metallic leaf.
Holland received her Bachelor of Fine arts in Painting and Art Education from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1972. She went on to teach art in the elementary public school system before pursuing a full time career as an artist. Over the years, she has received numerous awards and exhibited in galleries and museums across the country. Her work can be found in many notable private and public collections including Disney Corporation, Exxon Corporation, Universal Studios, Federal express, Larson Juhl, Inc, and the Ritz Carlton Corporation.