Interview with March 2017 Featured Artist of the Month: Brie Holm
March 1, 2017
Each month, we feature a different artist. During that month, you can purchase their art on the site and get to know them through interviews.
For March, Art Shop is featuring the work of Brie Holm. Brie captures Canada’s organic life in oil paintings and watercolour and ink creations.
Which piece of yours are you most proud of?
I am most proud of my watercolour and ink paintings — especially the larger piece done in black, gold and yellow. Its only been recently that I have been experimenting with watercolours.
I was always drawn to oil paints above anything else due to the textures that can be achieved with oils. This piece and the others in the series began with a mistake, which I often find to be the most inspiring way to begin a painting.
Being the clumsy person I am, I had spilled ink over a corner of my paper, and decided to see what would come of it if I were to play with it instead of throwing the paper out.
What inspires you?
I have always enjoyed the variety of techniques used by the group of seven painters, especially Lawren Harris, although my paintings rarely look as though they are inspired by his.
The emotions I feel when looking at my oil paintings are similar to those his paintings evoke for me, so I suppose that is our connection.
I adore Conrad Jon Godly’s use of shadows in his oils, and aspire to paint in deliberate strokes as he does.
My third inspiration is my mother. While she doesn’t consider herself an artist, I do. Throughout her life she has continuously taken on new artistic challenges, from stained glass to intricate knitting and embroidery to photography to sewing to jewelry making and beading, and now, mosaics. My mother has always been an inspiration for me to never be afraid to try something new, and always jump headfirst into any artistic endeavour that interests you.
Who were your teachers?
I have been drawing and doodling ever since I can remember. My neighbour growing up was quite the artist and was always trying new things. When I became interested in working with oils as a teenager, she gave me lessons for a time, and I still draw on many of the techniques that she taught me back then. Now, with the advent of YouTube and other online resources, I enjoy learning varied techniques from many online artists.
As an only child you really learn to entertain yourself and spend a lot of time in your own imagination, so for me that came out on paper in the form of doodles.
What is the biggest change in your art now compared to a year ago, five years ago?
Confidence. Five years ago, I didn’t feel as though I was able to create anything worth calling art. One year ago, I was still working on pieces that I knew I would be able to do.
Now I am trying to branch out and try new mediums, new techniques, and new styles of art, and really loving what I am working on. I have so many ideas of what to try next, and I can’t wait to see what comes of them.
What is your current goal?
I have two. First is to focus on painting with shadows and more subtle techniques, while still staying true to my style. I tend to jump around from medium to medium, and often try something once and then feel that I have conquered it (laughs). So I would like to focus on honing my abilities in one or two fields before I move onto something else.
My second goal is to canoe my paints and canvases into the back woods of Algonquin and spend a few days surrounded by nature while painting and see what I come out with. I’d love to do that this summer, and with a husband who is always keen to use his survival skills, it shouldn’t be too far out of the realm of reality.
Thank you, Brie, for being our first featured artist. All of the pictured artwork is currently for sale and will be available for purchase during the month of March 2017.
Thank you for reading and stay tuned for April’s featured artist: