Far horizons and infinite skies are the hallmark of Paula Holtzclaw’s art. Paula is best known for her landscapes celebrating areas still untouched by industrialism and her depictions of its beauty, unspoiled by man, show her concern that these last wild places may soon vanish. Always a willing and eager student, every day is a commitment to honing her artistic skills. “I believe that an artist’s education never really ends, whether formally educated or self-taught, it remains a lifelong pursuit.” Paula is convinced that being a self-taught artist helped to find her voice. She has studied in Scottsdale Art School with Joni Falk, Linda Gooch, Jeff Legg and with Scott Christensen at his studio in Idaho.
Although she paints many subjects, Paula is happiest when painting anything coastal. Be it boats, beautiful marshlands on the East Coast, or that gorgeous California coastline. She has always felt most at home near or on the water and this is represented in her paintings. She resides in a North Carolina community just south of Charlotte, (where the horses outnumber the people) with her husband, Chuck, and constant companion, Timber, her “velcro” Golden Retriever.
Paula’s paintings are included in private and corporate collections throughout the country and her works are included in many museum and National Juried Exhibitions, including the Oil Painters of America; American Impressionist Society; International Salon of Fine Art; Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art and the Gilcrease Museum. Southwest Art magazine featured Paula and her studio in the “My World” section of their September 2011 issue. She was a finalist in American Artist magazine’s 2010 and 2009 Cover Competitions; was named one of Southwest Art‘s “21 over 31 Artists to Know,” November 2010, and “one to collect” by Southwest Art, July 2009.
Paula is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists; American Women Artists; the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society and Women Artists of the West. She is an Associate Member of Oil Painters of America and the California Art Club.