The "3 Americas" Show --- the beginning. . . . .
things happen. She is Susan Holland, and she is pulling a show together,
linking countries of North, Central and South America. . . with a lot of help
from her friends. Susan is a rural mail deliverer, living on the side of a
cedar covered mountain in Washington State. What makes Susan Holland tick?
Susan Holland wrote:
"My chosen medium is as much people as it is paint, and my greatest
satisfaction is to see how the human spirit is uplifted and fed by the
mixture of art and human connection. People and Art! Art and People!
From the very beginning I was making marks. When I was five I begged and
wheedled little dabs of oil paint from my mother's supply which I put on an
old shingle as a palette, and off I went to render the neighbor's flower
In fourth grade I had my first "one person show" as a supportive teacher hung
about fifty pastels all around the wood molding of my classroom. At 13 (1951)
I was painting at the life classes at the Wallingford Community Arts Center
in Pennsylvania, along with some surprised adult artists who wondered, I am
sure, at what kind of parents would allow their little girl to be painting
nudes! (My canny parents knew what they were doing.)
At George School I included an Art Major in my curriculum, and when it came
to college I passed up a scholarship to Skidmore to take another scholarship
to Temple University's Tyler School of Fine Arts. I developed curriculum and
taught art for the Valley Forge Christian Academy for five years when my
children were young.
Finding myself a single mother of teens in 1980, I turned to the computer
field to try to earn a living wage. I graduated with a BS in Computer Science
and Systems Analysis, and went out into the high-stress middle-of-the-night
craziness of computer programming. I downgraded, for sanity's sake, to an
office manager's job in a wholesale art firm.
Later I picked up brushes again, and got some new impetus from a watercolor
class I took with my mother to aid in dealing with the grief of my father's
death. An oil done of my mother during that time won a "First" at the
prestigious Pacific Northwest Arts and Crafts Fair! (this painting is
lost--the buyer is no longer to be found, alas! Never do this to yourself,
My northwest art career began again in earnest soon after this, moving
forward with painting and drawing on commission of animate subjects: humans
and animals. Along with my love of art comes a profound curiosity about
people, and a love of "one-on-one" interactions with them. Possibly the most
interesting thing about people to me is the story each has, and how much each
of us is a part of the others' stories!
Beneath each unique story is a heartbeat held in common with other humans,
and I am convinced that to keep from killing each other, humans must know and
care for one another--in the commonality of this heartbeat. The language of
visual art is a perennial vehicle for human understanding, transcending
cultural and language barriers. Now computers have rushed us into each
others' worlds with a powerful visual tool! Who knows what wonders our art
will teach us about each other?
In April 1998 six of us earnest artists who "met" on an on-line art message