Through silent reflection, or the surrounding of kindred souls we have encountered over our life time, we find connections and relationships that are a celebration. My recent work embraces this relationship and its delicate joys that at times are brimming and ready to burst but also fragile and transient.
HOLLY BERGER MARKHOFF is a contemporary mixed media artist. As Holly works, she moves canvases around her studio, soaking in the balance, design and movement from various perspectives, until each hue, line or texture seems to have purpose. Her painting style has evolved to incorporate sculptural elements and a variety of mixed media.
Paintings can be spontaneous and simply directed by the materials used. More often the pieces continue the process of completing the expression of a recurrent sketch or theme. An exciting variety of mediums and techniques are used on each piece. Often acrylic, enamel, and even house paints are layered between acrylic gloss and combined with beautifully colored and textured papers and fabrics. At times a heating element is used to seal and texturize the paint. Holly’s artistic goal is to create works that are soothing and sophisticated, yet express an inspiring playfulness and joy.
Born in New York City, Holly grew up outside of Washington DC, in Alexandria, Virginia. She currently lives in Richmond with her husband, two children & two dogs. She has a studio in her home and in the city's Museum District. Holly’s work can be seen in corporate collections throughout the state of Virginia and in private collections nationally and internationally