Alana Holst, Artist Statement
My name is Alana Holst and I am a full-time professional artist
specializing in Acrylic Painting. I love large formats, brilliant colour and sculptural
aesthetics. My true passion is for colour, texture and design and how compositions can play an
emotional role in the viewer.
Art has always been a passion of mine. I knew from a very
early age that art was going to a strong influence in my life and that I wanted to know as much about art as
I could possibly learn. I still strive to learn something new every day.
Other than a short stint as a bull-headed young adult, flunking
out of the Alberta College of Art & Design, I am self-taught. I began my pursuit of art as a career
in my teens, having started out with a proficiency in the medium of graphite. I dabbled in water
colours and pastels and then found acrlic paint. For years I worked with student grade paints and
inferior supports. In 2002, I learned more about acrylic paint and what it could do and far I could
take it. At the same time, I also began to explore the nature of gel mediums and after creating Daisy I
and Daisy II, I knew I was onto something.
I draw my inspiration from elements of
nature that I find close
at hand, in my own 'back-yard' that is Alberta. I do not paint
traditional landscapes and scenes. I choose, instead, to focus on a particular piece of the scene or object
and enlarge upon it, inviting my viewers to stop and take stock of how beautiful something is that you otherwise
might not have given a secon, or even a first, glance. My work is not abstract, but rather
hyper-realistic. I try to relate my love of nature and God's bounty through use of colour, texture and
3-dimensional objects. I hope that the collectors of my work can be touched in some way to Stop and Smell the
Roses for a moment and find the beauty in the eveyday objects that surround us each day.
I live on the doorstep to the Alberta Foothills, working and
living in Okotoks, AB. Nature is bountiful. Deer graze in my front lawn. I can watch an
exciting array of birds hop from one feeder to the next. Manicured gardens and natural prairiescapes,
each close aat hand, are my bountiful inspiration. I feel truly blessed when I can settle into my
studio and be surrounded with this serenity. I hope that the passion I have for art and the passion I
have to share nature's beauty is reflected in my work.