Paula B. Holtzclaw
Far horizons and infinite skies are the hallmark of Paula Holtzclaw's art. Paula is best known for her landscapes celebrating areas still untouched by industrialism. Her depictions of its beauty, unspoiled by man show her concern that these last wild places may soon vanish. Her compositions, often large in scale, have a classic and universal appeal.
Paula's love of art began at an early age, passed on to her, she believes, by her grandmothers, both of whom were artists. Always a willing and eager student, she remains committed to honing her artistic skills. "Travel has been an important impetus for my art, always stimulating my desire for plein air painting, and quick studies which provide the opportunity to learn from nature itself, the greatest of all teachers. I have been fortunate to study with such fine mentors as Joni Falk, Linda Glover Gooch and Scott Christensen and Jeff Legg."
Paula Holtzclaw's paintings are collected throughout the nation. Her paintings have been displayed in many national juried and museum exhibitions, a few of which are the Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, Salon International, Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art, American Women Artists National Exhibitions, Bosque Conservatory, Texas , and ASMA 's New England and West Coast Exhibitions. Paula was a finalist in American Artist Magazine's 29th annual competition 2012, and their 2010 and 2009 Cover Competitions. She was a semi-finalist in their 70th Anniversary Competition, 2007. She has just been selected as one of Southwest Art's "21 over 31" Artists, (November 2010) and also by Southwest Art Magazine as one to collect, July 2009. A member of Pap-se (Plein Air Painters of the SouthEast), Paula is also a Signature Member of: American Women Artists, The American Society of Marine Artists, Women Artists of the West, and The National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society. She is Associate Member of California Art Club, Oil Painters of America, and American Impressionist Society.
Paula resides in Waxhaw, N.C., a small community just south of Charlotte, (where the horses outnumber the people), with her husband Chuck, and constant companion Timber, her "Velcro" Golden Retriever.
"My goal is to capture that fleeting moment in time, that causes us to stop and pause from our busy day to appreciate nature and God's beauty around us."
"The Artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work". Emile Zola