Holly Irwin Interview {Artist Inspiration}

One cannot help but be moved and inspired upon
learning the dramatic history of celebrated artist
Holly Irwin…she is indeed a treasure!

Irwin’s paintings are magnificent by any standard and widely
revered by collectors, galleries, and design publications.
Yet when the work is viewed within the context of
the artist’s physical and spiritual transformational
journey, a more profound experience of the art emerges.

(all images – Holly Irwin – via)

Trusting (36 x 35)…is my personal favorite!

Her work “Trusting” (above) conveys for me a deep
sense of life’s fragility, nature’s gentle acceptance
of change, and the soul’s vast capacity for beauty.

Like the French Impressionist Renoir,
Irwin has rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and
brilliantly eclipses what others might
regard as limiting circumstances.

The auto-immune disease,
debilitating pain, and a dozen surgeries
on hands and feet cannot keep the
elegant beauty in her soul from
coloring the canvas.

I find her palette sophisticated yet friendly.

Not surprisingly,
Holly Irwin is the cover girl and feature
of the May/June 2016 issue of Arthritis Today!

Holly Irwin Interview {Artist Inspiration}

May/June 2016 issue of ARTHRITIS TODAY

I so admire how the artist poetically blends

a childlike innocence with a wise ethereal maturity.

(It’s who I hope to become if ever I grow up!)

That graceful mix coming through her brushstrokes

creates a very gossamer-like tranquil mood.

What a privilege to interview the artist

(and loyal friend to Hello Lovely!)

whose courage and outlook bids us all to

embrace gratitude, to aim higher.

Our conversation:

Irwin’s work in Traditional Home magazine

H.I.: “It’s therapy and joy and wholeness and healing

all wrapped up into one big bundle.”

Holly Irwin floral painting and quote
Holly Irwin Interview {Artist Inspiration}

“Anyone who has been really ill or close to death looks at the everyday with a renewed sense of wonder when they have a second chance at life.

There was a time when just walking from

one room to the next was so excruciatingly painful

and draining for me that I surely missed

all the beauty around me.

Beautiful abstract floral painting by Holly Irwin
Holly Irwin Interview {Artist Inspiration}

The pain of rheumatoid arthritis robbed me

of my joy for living. Now that it is pretty much

under control, I am so thankful I can walk

and get exercise..the experience has given me

a whole new perspective of how lucky I am.”

Romantic painting of girl in teal dress by Holly Irwin
Holly Irwin Interview {Artist Inspiration}


Beautiful white dress tutu painting with aqua background by Holly Irwin
Holly Irwin Interview {Artist Inspiration}
Painting of girl in light blue dress by Holly Irwin
Holly Irwin Interview {Artist Inspiration}

Nature and the lush colors of springtime and summer;
I can sometimes imagine a whole painting based solely
on seeing a color that strikes me in a certain way.”
“Femininity, like the way a woman feels in a beautiful dress. When I was a child, my mother (whom I adored!)
was a fashion illustrator; she had a great love of fabric
and sewing and made all of our clothes.
This has influenced my paintings a great deal
over the years and continues to do so.”

“Patterns…like the formation of leaves on trees,

the repeating patterns in flowers and plants.”

Creativity quote by Holly Irwin
Holly Irwin Interview {Artist Inspiration}

Holly’s story reminds me
that by
t r a n s f o r m i n g
my pain,
I can avoid
t r a n s m i t t i n g
and by embracing divine creativity,
I may even
t r a n s c e n d

Welcome – 48 x 48 mixed media on canvas

See where Holly Irwin’s work is exhibited here.

Merci, lovely Holly, for sharing your beauty.

Peace to you right where you are.




  1. May 14, 2016 / 9:26 am

    Hello Michele, I absolutely love the work of Holly Irwin! My kind of style!!!Her color palette is so beautiful! It reminds me of the work of a Dutch painter I know. Her name is Margo van Erlekens. Take a look at her website here http://www.margovanerkelens.com/
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend my friend! Lots of love to you! xoxo Greet

  2. May 14, 2016 / 9:27 am

    Hello Michele, I absolutely love the work of Holly Irwin! My kind of style!!!Her color palette is so beautiful! It reminds me of the work of a Dutch painter I know. Her name is Margo van Erlekens. Take a look at her website here http://www.margovanerkelens.com/
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend my friend! Lots of love to you! xoxo Greet

    • May 14, 2016 / 10:29 pm

      i will visit her site to view her work! thanks, lovely greet.

  3. May 14, 2016 / 2:07 pm

    Hi Michele,
    It's an honor to be featured on your beautiful blog! Thank you, my friend!

    • May 14, 2016 / 10:29 pm

      the pleasure is ours, lovely.

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