Gayla Hollis' painting career launched with a dream of a rare 'White Buffalo' and there began the transfer of images of her dream onto canvas. Today, her best art resides in permanent collection at the prestigious Chickasaw Nation Museum in Oklahoma, USA, and, is held by museums and private collectors on all coasts of the USA and Europe. Originals by Gayla Hollis were commissioned by best selling novelist Lucia St. Clair Robson. 'Her painting style is unusually unique and will strike your emotion in true celebration of the human spirit'.
Ms. Hollis holds a BA degree with studies at Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, Louisiana; Collin County Community College, Plano, Texas; University of Louisiana, Lafayette, Louisiana; University of Oklahoma; Norman, Oklahoma; and East Central University, Ada, Oklahoma. Remarkably her talent in painting lay undiscovered until her 50's and unexpectedly exploded during a university painting course as recent as 2011. She finds inspiration within her deep love of nature, the Cajun South, and Native American history. Her technique was developed by purposely not studying other artist's works as recommended by professors, until after finding her very own unique contemporary style. while taking university art courses, and continues to evolve today with experimental application of new ideas.
Ms. Hollis attributes her unique and recognizable painting style to her lifelong participation within a variety of the Arts. As a child she received training in dance, and most recently in art at the college level. As a dancer, then on to aerobics choreography, in San Francisco she attended Hollywood actress Jane Fonda's Studio. While a volunteer as a master puppeteer and songwriter in Dallas schools and with Keep Plano Beautiful, she was honored with the Texas Governor's Achievement Award. You can easily find her published song '1-2-3 Plant a Tree' on popular YouTube, Google Play, and I-Tunes.
Ms. Hollis spent her childhood in Opelousas near the bayous and swamps of Southern Louisiana where she fondly recalls summer family camp outs at Toledo Bend Lake and water skiing. She graduated high school in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma. Ms. Hollis currently resides in her lake house art studio located in the Arbuckle Mountains next to Chickasaw National Park. The spicy, festive, and musical influence of Cajun culture is clearly seen in many of her works. Being of French and Native American descent, you will also find in her artworks a spiritual nature of the Cherokee and Chickasaw.
Ms. Hollis' exhibit 'Buffalo Dream' is currently showing at Carr Gallery located in the picturesque Arbuckle Mountains in Sulphur, Oklahoma, where the resident park buffalo are deeply ingrained into the community. Her paintings in 'Buffalo Dream' exhibit are described as having the artist's unique contemporary style, and based on Native American sacred white buffalo of the past meeting a hopeful future. The featured artworks in this show are inspired by a dream of white buffalo that people have reported, including the artist. Viewers report these paintings as evoking a deep positive emotion and are pieces one will remember for a lifetime.
Ms. Hollis has been awarded numerous ribbons and medals as well as being chosen to exhibit in local and nationally juried shows. In the words of Griff Blakewood, PhD, University of Louisiana, 'In the visionary art of Gayla Hollis, we experience the resonant edges between matter and mystery, vision and memory, with the unfolding possibility of sun and soil and air and water dancing at the edge of positive possibility.'
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