Welcome Paula B. Holtzclaw!

Paula B. Holtzclaw’s beautiful low country landscapes bring the marshes of North Carolina to the walls in Old Town Virginia. We’re so excited to be one of her few east coast galleries we immediately put her painting “Closure” in our window, where it is currently displayed. As expected, it draws in passersby seeking more information! Whether it be an interest in the ability of the artist, the impact of an incredible scene, or recognition of her work.

What will you see in the gallery?

Though she also paints still lifes we fell in love with her lowland marine landscapes! Her artwork has gained a national reputation for capturing the drama of nature on canvas and it is plain to see why. Light-filled paintings of pristine, undeveloped landscapes are executed with a unique blend of classical realism and impressionism, while her still-life paintings demonstrate a love of the Old Masters’ works. 

“Evening Graze” 16 x 20, oil on linen panel

What inspires her?

When asked about finding inspiration, Holtzclaw recites a quote by Chuck Close about how the process of creating brings inspiration. She adds, “I always find visiting art museums, looking through art books and magazines as well as all of my photographs to also be very inspiring. Again, just showing up to the canvas will create inspiration. And a trip to the coast!”

– Paula B. Holtzclaw in Fine Art Connoiseur
“Out of an Orange Colored Sky” 12 x 18, oil on linen panel

Holtzclaw’s landscape paintings have a serene presence that radiates peace. Her beautiful choices of subject come second only to her skill with the brush and application of color theory. Sunlight bursts through the sky in vibrant oranges and warm whites, while cool clouds and lush greenery balance their energy.

Her process of painting in the scene, also known as en plein-air, is a method that transports viewers to stand along the water with her in North Carolina. This effect is accentuated by the depth her hybrid style can achieve through melding realistic and impressionist representation. It creates a contrast of soft and sharp textures and colors that captivates the eye. Viewers are eager to explore the fleeting moments translated through her brushstrokes.

“Looks Like Rain” 16 x 20, oil on linen panel

Prominence in the Arts

With an artist resume dating back over 25 years, Holtzclaw has earned many accolades, awards, and memberships. She is a Master Member of American Women Artists and Women Artists of the West. She has been honored with Signature Memberships in the Oil Painters of America, The American Society of Marine Artists, the National Oil and Acrylic Painter’s Society, and The American Impressionist Society. Holtzclaw is by invitation, an artist member of the Salmagundi Club of New York and the Plein Air Painters of the SouthEast. She has also been included in many National Juried and Museum Exhibitions.

“The Minuete” 11 x 14, oil on linen panel

In addition to her numerous awards and credentials, Holtzclaw often serves as an entry and awards juror for regional and national exhibitions. Holtzclaw served on the Executive Board of American Women Artists from 2012 – 2019, a 501 (c) (3) educational nonprofit organization, dedicated to the advancement of women through the arts.

“Closure” 18 x 24, oil on linen panel

“I choose to paint what is beautiful and meaningful, knowing that this act of celebrating and communicating the beauty in this world has the power to uplift and inspire.”

-Paula B. Holtzclaw

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