Her favorite artwork
Holly J. Kroening has been painting since 2003 and has been making African-themed art since 2008. Holly says, “I paint subject matter that speaks to me. My children have invested their lives in Africa and painting something that represents that investment brings me joy and fulfillment.” She expresses herself through the mediums of watercolor, acrylic, and fabric art. She works on her watercolor pieces, one at a time, 2-3 hours a day, from one day up to three months. Her fabric art takes longer due to the amount of detail involved. All mediums include African-themed scenes.
Holly’s favorite artwork to create is that of “women that represent strength and joy.” In 2008, when she began painting these women, it was just meant to be fun. In fact, she never thought it would take off the way it has. She also used these female figures of strength to get through sad days, to get lost in her thoughts, as her parents had just passed away. These women are more than just color on paper. They are a beautiful representation of the strength and vibrancy found in women everywhere.
Holly’s art has also greatly benefited from her commitment to the Rural Health Collaborative, a Portland based project to help women in eastern Ghana. In 2008 this connection led Holly into doing Africa-themed work, and it has informed her creativity ever since, as can be seen in her dynamic compositions and flamboyant color choices.
This aspect of her work also is linked with Holly’s family. She says, “I paint subject matter that speaks to me. My children have invested their lives in Africa, and painting something that represents that investment brings me joy and fulfillment.”