We had the good fortune of connecting with Holli May Thomas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
If I had to attach adjectives to my artwork, I would choose hopeful and peaceful, Living a life filled with joy and gratitude are my number one priority. My earlier pieces did not express tranquility because I had immense amounts of self-induced stress and turmoil but five years ago my sister passed away and not long afterwards my stepfather. Then Covid hit and during quarantine I took a step back and asked myself, are you really expressing what you want to show as your inner workings? I started meditating and realized I was just scratching my own surface and not taking the deep dive.
My work speaks from the heart, and I love to tell colorful stories combined with my visuals through the end of my paintbrush and pen. People are inherently good, and we have an intrinsic motivation to become a better human and emerge from our own chrysalis triumphantly. So, if you are looking for a piece of original art to hang in your home as motivation, then check out my work!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I have a rule that you must dip your toes in the sand at least every 30 days so the first place I would take them would be Matagorda. It is not a far drive from Houston and if you go during the week, you will have the beach all to yourself.
Sitting on the jetty and listening to the call of birds does wondrous things for your soul. We would collect driftwood and shells then drive back into Houston for Korean food. I live in the Spring Branch area of Houston so there would be a pit stop at Seoul Garden for dinner. Evenings would be spent listening to live music at local taverns including The Nomad and 1810 Ojeman. A long bike ride at Terry Hersey Park would also be nice. I am a gardener so a day trip to Joshua’s in the Heights or The Arbor Gate in Tomball would be fantastic. Nights would end with us watching bats flit around our backyard at dusk.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The book “The Artist Way” by Julia Cameron made a significant impact on me three decades ago. I incorporated writing morning pages into my creative process and have never stopped. Another title that I highly recommend for all creatives is “Steal Like an Artist” by Austin Kleon and all his subsequent writings.
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