Sheryl Holland, Artist

Artist Profile: Sheryl Holland

Artist's Statement

Sheryl HollandAfter teaching studio art and humanities in the Michigan public schools for 15 years, I moved to Arizona where my love for abstract painting has deepened. Here the vivid warm colors of the Southwest infuse my art with new passion and imagination. Other influences over the years have been formal studies of music, photography and poetry, as well as travel. Favorite contemporary painters I admire are Franz Kline, Hans Hoffman and Helen Frankenthaler.

I am attracted to abstract painting much like a jazz artist is attracted to improvisation -- here I can freely express imagination with unlimited possibilities, but always within form. When I begin a painting, I try to clear my mind to that place where the unconscious has free reign. I look at the blank canvas, choose intense colors that speak to me, and with a large brush begin to move colors improvisationally across the canvas until lines, shapes and forms begin to emerge. Working with those images, always allowing for happy accidents, I develop them into a visually pleasing whole using composition principles of design. The process is unpredictable, ever-changing, a constant painting out, painting in, layering, starting again. I know the painting is finished when I step back and feel that moment of "that's it!" 

A big part of abstract painting is sharing it with others. Everyone brings his or her own world to art. A dialogue of images, feelings, and ideas begins when you open to what you see on the canvas. Abstract painting accepts all interpretations. You are free in this world of possibilities, as was I, the painter. The final stage of the creative process begins with you. Enjoy the dialogue.

Signed Sheryl Holland

Artist Profile


     University of Michigan, M.A.
     Eastern Michigan University, studio art
     Spring Arbor University, Michigan, studio art
     The Drawing Studio, Tucson, AZ

Professional Experience

     Drawing, painting, ceramics, metal arts and humanities teacher, MI public schools, 15 years

Gallery Representation

     Flux Gallery, 2012-2014, Tucson, AZ

Solo and Two-person Exhibitions

     Two-person show, Murphy Gallery, St. Philip's in the Hills, April, 2014
     Solo exhibit, Café a la C'Art, Tucson, AZ, 2013

     Two-person show, Jewish Community Center, Tucson, AZ, 2013
     Two-person show, Tucson International Airport, 2012
     Solo show, Kirk-Bear Canyon Library, Tucson, AZ, 2012
     Solo show, Flux Gallery, Tucson, AZ., 2010

Juried and Invitational Exhibitions

     Pop-Up 1 and Pop-Up 2 Exhibits, Tucson, AZ, 2013
     Artist Invitational, Contents Furniture, Tucson, AZ, 2011, 2013
     Murphey Gallery, St. Philip's in the Hills, SLFA exhibit, 2013
     Habitat for Humanity Regional Office exhibit, Tucson, AZ, 2013
     SLFA exhibit, painting selected for advertising and membership manual, 2013
     Caldwell Banker Exhibit, Tucson, AZ, 2012
     Northwestern Mutual Financial Network exhibit, Tucson, AZ, 2011
     Artist of the Month Gallery, Tucson, AZ, painting selected for advertising, 2010
     Details Gallery, Tucson, AZ, painting selected for advertising, 2009
     Blue Raven Gallery, Tucson, AZ, 2009
     The Drawing Studio, "Small Wonders" exhibit, Tucson, AZ, 2009


     Yale University private collection
     Kirk Gallery, NYC
     Carlos Nakai, internationally recognized Native American flutist
     Numerous private collections across the US and Canada


     Tucson Museum of Art benefit auction, 2013
     University of Arizona Museum of Art benefit auction, 2012

Professional Organization

     Contemporary Art Society, Tucson Museum of Art
     Southern Arizona Artists Guild
     Contemporary Artists of Southern Arizona
     Southwestern League of Fine Arts
     International Society of Acrylic Painters