Smoke by Lauren Litwa Holden

Oil on Birch Panel 30"x40"

Inspiration for my work comes from nature, imagination and dreams. Whatever the subject matter is, it becomes my fanciful, lyrical, made up world.  There is something magical that happens when painting, the process enriches my connection to the earth. Painting layer after layer of watercolors and oils can be a meditative experience.  The goal is to create a painting that can be a retreat from our hectic stressful world.

Exhibitions include the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Noyes Museum, The Philadelphia Artists Alliance, Center for Emerging Visual Artists, American Embassy in Brussels, Belgium, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Suzanne Arnold Gallery, PA State Museum, Nexus Gallery, Keystone Art Gallery and Stuart Levy Gallery. Awards include the Elizabeth Greenshields Grant, First Prize for Painting, Art of the State, State Museum, Harrisburg and the William Emlen Cresson Traveling Scholarship Award. I've attended residencies at the Margo-Kelb Dune Shack in Provincetown, MA and La Villa Arrigo in Florence, Italy. Besides showing my work in galleries I also hold open studios where collectors can view and purchase my work.