Nancy Holleran Artist Catalog | Agora Gallery

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530 West 25th Street, New York, NY NANCY HOLLERAN

Inspired by the hues and movement of light, artist Holly Grosvenor, studies and captures the luminosity of her natural environments. Grosvenor creates her work both on-site and in the studio, as she selects and magnifies fragments of natural settings to translate in oil and acrylics on her canvases. Her work is a response to her personal experiences in the natural realm, as she creates multiple plein air observation sketches in watercolor on site, as well as detailed photographs of the space, and returns to her studio to recreate these environments in oils. Oils as a medium allowed Grosvenor to delve more deeply into the behavior of reflection and translucency on water and reflective surfaces, as it granted her more time to develop each painting and emphasize the details of the natural phenomena.

One of the most captivating elements in Grosvenor’s paintings is the sense of space and dimensionality she is able to create within the frame of her canvas. The special quality in her compositions invites her audiences to enter the painting and engage with her narrative and with the environment. Grosvenor’s special awareness could be influenced by her training as an architect. “I attempt to capture the casual observation; to hold a passing moment of uncelebrated beauty in reflected light and changing color. I find profound pleasure in sketching on site surrounded by the rich colors of the natural environment.”

Grosvenor has a B.A. in Environmental Design from Brown University and an M.A. in Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She won Best in Show in the 2021 Water Media Spring Juried Show from the Oregon Society of Artists and first place in the Portland Rose Festival Art Show. Her exhibitions include Aqua Art Miami (Miami, FL), the Providence Art Club (Providence, RI), the Oregon Society of Artists (Portland, OR), the Portland Rose Festival (Portland, OR), and the Spring Bull Gallery (Newport, RI). She has been a practicing architect for forty years. Now retired from the profession, she lives and paints in western Massachusetts.



Italian Sunset in Barolo, Italy, 2023 Watercolor on Arches rag paper 14” x 20”


Pismo Pier at Sunset, 2022 Watercolor on paper 20” x 26” Kentucky Old Friends Horse Retirement, 2022
Watercolor on paper 18” x 24”
Kauai Kapaa, 2022 Watercolor on paper 11” x 14” $250 Sitting On The Wet Sand, 2022 Watercolor on paper
18” x 24” $600
Hazy Aptos Beach Giclee print 14” x 24” $150 Limited Edition of 25 BUY ON ART-MINE.COM
BUY ON ART-MINE.COM Stormy del Mar, 2020 Giclee print 18” x 24” $200
Girl with Dogs on the Beach, 2020 Watercolor on Paper 24”
x 30” $850
California del Mar Sunset, 2021 Giclee print 18” x 24” $200 Limited Edition of 25 BUY ON ART-MINE.COM
Dogs n’ Ducks, 2022
Watercolor on paper
11” x 14” $450
BUY ON ART-MINE.COM Cat in the Mirror, 2022 Giclee print 14” x 11” please inquire


Girl with Sticks, 2020 Watercolor on Paper 16” x 14”
Paris Bar les Halles, 2021 Giclee print 19” x 26” $200 Limited Edition of 25 BUY ON ART-MINE.COM
Side Street, 2021
on Paper 24” x 18” $600

Our world is filled with great visual experiences. Ones that make us smile; ones that touch our hearts or ones that reveal nature’s ever-changing beauty. Photography allows me to collect the positive moments in life, from which I can choose the subject matter for my paintings and develop compositions and color schemes. My process involves a series of watercolor overlays, starting with transparent then moving onto semi-transparent coats, to create more depth. I use latex resist for details and a final transparent glaze to add luminosity.

The most exciting part of the process is watching a blank piece of paper transform into something full of life. It encourages me to challenge myself and explore techniques and ideas that are out of my comfort zone. My paintings take simple scenes from anywhere in the world to offer an uplifting experience to the viewer. In a world inundated with negativity, I choose to paint the positive to remind us of the good that exists every day.

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