ABOUT THE ARTIST
Originally from New York, Gina Holt currently resides in Bothell, WA,
where she works from her home studio. Born in 1959, Gina says that she
inherited her creativity from her father, a dancer, and her mother, an artist.
As a child she loved to spend her spare time drawing, painting and
making up imaginary characters for the stories she illustrated.
Gina received a BA in art from the University of Oregon, where she focused
on printmaking, illustration and painting. After graduating, Gina augmented
her creative abilities by taking classes in ceramic hand-building at Pottery
Northwest. Gina has since experienced an unending joy of working with
clay, as this medium allows her to transform the 2-d media she is so
familiar with into virtual 3-d canvases that simultaneously employ her
drawing, sculpting and painting skills.
Gina’s most recent works are colorful botanical-inspired sculptures that can
either stand alone or hang on the wall. Inspirations for these life-like
creations begin with her study of intricate nature photos and live plants
from the garden. Gina’s eye-catching works emerge as she molds
complexity, light and shadow into the clay. The addition of multiple layers of
combined glazes and textures enhance and complete each unique work of
art. Gina then signs, numbers, and writes on the back of each botanical
piece a sentimental meaning that primarily derives from Victorian era- floral dictionaries, making each and every sculpture a thoughtful experience.
Gina began selling her pieces in 1991 through gift galleries and juried
shows. Her devoted groupies know well that her works in clay started as
floral-themed mirrors and architectural-style clocks. A number of her
followers are thrilled to have more than a handful of these collectors’ items
gracing the walls of their homes.
There is an optimism and delightful cheerfulness to Gina's work that
consistently impels collectors of her art to pre-purchase pieces from her
shows prior to the shows’ openings. Gina’s art has gained attention across
the United States.