From early childhood, my life has been influenced by the artists in my family. To this day, when I walk into a studio and smell the aroma of turpentine and a freshly painted surface, I feel that I have returned “home.”
Living along the seacoast, with its abstract shapes and constantly changing light and reflections, provides a continuous source of inspiration. The surfaces of water, land, and sky are incredibly diverse, and the diffusion and intensity of light in each are unique. Hour by hour, day by day, season by season, the light constantly changes.
Light and color are my avenues for involving the viewer and instilling a lasting impression. I want color to convey the inner experience, to transcend the viewer. My palette holds the colors that I’m seeing, the colors that I’m feeling, and the relationship between them.
Each piece is a reflection of the emotions I’m feeling while painting. The layering and building of paint enable me to get beneath the surface and create the depth and luminosity that I crave in paintings. From the very first time I apply a stroke of paint to a blank surface, the interaction between the painting and me becomes a dance of intuitive experiences.
Although my work is strongly influenced by changing light, I’m constantly exploring different formats and compositions to further enhance the moment felt. I hope that I never feel too comfortable with the medium or the process. I strive to be constantly challenged and evolve with my art.
Holly Ready’s vividly atmospheric paintings capture swiftly changing light, whether in the hills of Tuscany or reflected in the still water under pilings in a Maine harbor. A graduate of Maine College of Art, she has exhibited throughout the state, as well as in Florida and Kentucky. This summer she has solo shows at the Gleason Gallery in Boothbay and at the Black Point Inn on Prouts Neck. She has won numerous award and prizes; she also shows her work at her own Holly Ready Gallery in Portland. This summer her work was featured in the People Choice Show at the Maine Art Gallery in Kennebunkport.