American, b. 1956
The Cheryl Newby Gallery is pleased to represent North Carolina artist Paula B. Holtzclaw. Working in oils, Holtzclaw has become known for her exquisite landscapes which are executed in a classical realist manner. Her exceptional command of space and light seem to be an innate gift. Places unspoiled and undeveloped by man have become her favorite landscape subjects whether in the Carolina lowcountry, the mountains of North Carolina, the Colorado Rockies, or the New England sea shore. In addition to her landscape paintings Holtzclaw also enjoys painting floral still-life works. Holtzclaw’s artistic path was influenced at an early age by her two Grandmothers, both of whom were artists. After raising her twin sons, Paula returned to her original passion for painting and in 2002, left her 20 year medical career to paint fulltime. Collected throughout the nation, Paula’s paintings have been included in many National and International juried exhibitions. Museum venues include the Gilcrease Museum, Booth Western Art Museum, Muscarelle Museum of Art and the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. She has been the recipient of notable awards including Best Landscape, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society 2016, Best in Show, Women Painters of the Southeast Exhibition 2015, Gold Medal Award from The American Women Artists 2013, American Art Collector’s Award of Excellence WAOW 2012 and WPSE 2012. Paula is a member by invitation of PAP-SE (Plein Air Painters of the Southeast) and has been awarded Master Signature Member of American Women Artists and Women Artists of the West. She is a Signature member of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) and American Impressionist Society (AIS) and Oil Painters of America (OPA). Paula has served on the Executive Board of American Women Artists since 2012, a 501(c) (3) educational nonprofit organization, dedicated to advancement of women through the arts.