Since childhood, California based artist Nancy Holleran has enjoyed exploring new places and discovering the ordinary things about each place that permeates beyond borders and unites on a global scale. She believes it’s the simple moments from daily life that give life character and resonate universally. Holleran's work is an attempt to share those meaningful moments with her viewers.
Working primarily with people, animals, and places as subject matter, Holleran begins all of her paintings with a photograph that captures a moment she wishes to bring to life on canvas. After manipulating each photo until she decides upon a composition and color scheme, Holleran sketches a general outline and starts developing the image in layers of watercolor—often experimenting with other media to add texture or depth. Holleran’s use of a translucent medium and her manipulation of color creates an ephemeral, emotional tone she hopes will pull the viewer into a moment that is simultaneously personal and universal; inspiring them to summon their memories and feel a connection to the world around them.