Today we’d like to introduce you to Holli May Thomas.
Holli May, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Doodling was a hobby which got me into trouble, so my mom enrolled me in art classes as a young girl. I started off in the oil medium but gravitated to acrylic because of the versatility. In my late 30’s I bought a house in Katy and started remodeling it. It was a difficult time because I was experiencing major life changes such as a divorce, a move back to the Houston area from South Texas, and a new job. My dad sensed I needed help, so he came down to help me with the house. The first thing he did was hand me a sledge hammer and told me to tear down the old fence in my back yard. Demolition turned into the best therapy in the world. I ended up using all the recycled hardware in my next piece of artwork and an assemblage artist was born.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I am a combination assemblage artist and painter. Think of it as dimensional art with surprises. I always loved pop up books as a child and wanted to create the same sense of wonder and amusement except on a larger surface. Many of my materials are toss offs or recycled parts so I feel my message along with my materials work hand in hand to spread a message of love and acceptance.
What do you know now that you wished you had learned earlier?
Find the best mentor possible and emulate what they are doing. Ask questions politely. Even though your artistic style may be drastically different from your mentor, they have already experienced the ups and downs and will probably be ecstatic to offer advice. A lesson I wished I had learned earlier would be time management mastery. I become lost on social media and have learned to allot myself a fixed amount of time to finish tasks and move on.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I participate in the First Saturday Arts Market in the Heights along with the Market at Sawyer Yards. I also post progress photos, videos, and work for sale on my InfraRedHead Art Facebook page. I also have an Etsy store by the same name.
- Website: http://www.infraredheadart.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/infraredheadart
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/infraredheadart
I own all of the images submitted.