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California Impressionism

California Impressionism

Although many artists have found inspiration in the Impressionist’s approach to painting, California has a rich history with this movement. Key features of this style include loose brushwork, rich color and a fascination with the effects of sunlight.

When asked to participate in the California Impressionists: The Masters & The Greats They Inspire exhibition in Paso Robles, CA, I was quick to respond. Sasha Irving, the Artistic Director at Studios On The Park, sent a list of masterworks by well known California Impressionists. I scanned the collection and found one of my favorite California painters, Colin Campbell Cooper. He also has a deep history in our Santa Barbara region as a local resident and Dean of Painting at the Santa Barbara Community School of Arts.

Best of all, his image included a bunch of women playing in our Pacific Ocean. That sealed the deal. Sasha let me know that painting was available as a “call and response”. Below, you can see my 2019 painting mirroring Cooper’s level of fun in “Women Playing In the Surf”.

I wanted to feature the athleticism and strength women have in our era. No petticoats or head wraps here. I had a lot of fun applying paint and cold wax with spatulas and knives, while striving to show the action of these surfers and their fluid terrain. Staying true to the impressionists, I used bold color and focused on the sunlight bouncing off these athletes.

Summer Salutations

Hello there! I am just sending out a long over due update. Life is full in the studio, creating a new body of work, a re-organizing my space to work on large canvases.

Studio house keeping included a website update.Be sure to stop by and check it out www.holliharmon.com

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Rose Compass: Paintings of the Santa Barbara Watershed


NEW paintings for their final exhibition

Rose Compass: Paintings of the Santa Barbara Watershed

Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art

955 La Paz Road , Santa Barbara, California 93108


Celebrate with us at our opening reception

Thursday, January 10, 4-6pm 

Exhibition runs January 10 - June 22, 2019

This exhibition celebrates the unique vision of each artist and the way they “see” the intricacies of the Santa Barbara watershed. The Rose Compass are using their art to connect people with the beauty of the watershed and awaken them to its fragility.