9 September 2020
Holly Terry is an inspring creative, dividing her time between yoga teaching and painting. Holly’s work is an extension of the embodiment of the yogic practice, in the form of asana, pranayama and yogic philosophy. Holly shares a bit more with us about herself and influnces that help her to create her beautiful artwork.
Who’s artwork do you admire?
So, so many! I draw a lot of inspiration from other artists. Some artists don’t look at others work, but I definitely don’t work that way. A lot of my research and planning is looking at others’ work and practice. Finding out what works for me and what doesn’t. At the moment, I am completely obsessed with Isabella Ducrot. Her work is so interesting! I also love Ash Holmes’ and Brittany Ferns’ work. Their works are so different to mine, but I am enthralled by them.
How did you fall into painting?
A windy road really! I’ve been creative in one way or another for a really long time. Painting became my main medium during a pretty stressful period in my life as a creative outlet. When I was completing my Yoga Teacher Training, my peers and teachers gave me the wind I needed to push for it to be one of my main areas of work.
Yoga is a big influence on your artwork, where mainly does the urge or influence come from to paint a certain piece?
To be honest, when I started out it never really meant to be about yoga. Although, as I began my YTT, my understanding of movement and energy grew, and it evolved from there. Usually, the urge for certain pieces correlates with what I am studying at the time. At the moment, I am studying more of the subtle practices of yoga, so my pieces are more about energetics than asana.
Do you paint at a certain time of day, if so why?
I used to be such a morning person! Everything done by 10am. These days, my mornings are slow, allowing plenty of time to warm into the day and my energy. If my energies are off, I won’t paint. Otherwise, I’ll usually start painting around 11am or midday and work until later on.
How would you describe your home interiors, and why?
Evolving! I’ve always had a bit of a mis-matched vibe, and I really value special individual pieces that have meaning to me (especially if they’re handmade). At the moment, our house has a bit of a scandy, neutral, tribal vibe going on. Is that even a thing?
Are there new works on the horizon?
Yes! I have a few different pieces of work on the horizon, including a group exhibition for a very special charity. Aside from that, I’ve just begun experimenting with different textiles beyond canvas and linen, so there could be some interesting pieces coming up. For these, I’ve drawn inspiration from other artists who use of paint and ink on alternative textiles.