C. Leigh Holder
Courtney Leigh Holder works out of a studio space in the DFW area in Texas. With a background in plein-air landscape painting, Holder has a colorful aesthetic pulled from in-person observations during long rambles in the woods, looking at cloudscapes and exploration of the southwest. Holder's fondness for figurative painting and symbolism informs her modern yet imaginative new series currently under production that explores themes of nature, human connection and "carrying the fire." Her mission is to brighten homes all over the world with paintings that explore the themes of beauty, human connection and modern mythos.
Mostly a self-taught artist, Holder was born and raised in Austin, Texas but also formally studied figure drawing under Jim McMullan at the School of Visual Arts (SVA), New York City, NY in 1998. For short stints, Holder has also studied with artists Tim Allen Lawson, plein air painter George Strickland and Austin-based artist Jennifer Balkan. Holder lives with her husband, five children, two dogs and 2 parakeets. She's still looking for the rabbit hole. the secret garden and the world between the woods.
Holder welcomes commission work. If you are interested, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the form below.
Buy originals and prints online here.
Select originals and wood prints also sold locally at The Local, 146 N Castell Ave, New Braunfels, Texas.
Awards & Exhibitions
Annual 30 in 30 Series, #2, Dallas, Texas.
Summer Solo Show, 30 in 30, Psyche Ink Studio, New Braunfels, Texas.
1st Place Award, "Anything Goes" Juried Show, New Braunfels Art League, New Braunfels, Texas.
Annual Fredericksburg Art Guild Juried Show, Fredericksburg, Texas.
Solo Show, Modern Myths, The Parlor, New Braunfels, Texas.
East Austin Studio Tour (E.A.S.T), Pump Project Art Complex, Austin, Texas.
Two-Women Exhibition, Holder & Lathan, Ventana, St Louis, Missouri.
SVA Group Show, Flatiron Gallery, New York City, New York.
Studied under Jennifer Balkan, Georgetown, Texas.
Studied under T. Allen Lawson, Fredricksburg, Texas.
Studied under George Strickland, Whidbey Island, Washington.
University of Texas, Austin, Texas, Masters in Journalism. Awarded Mary Susan Lewis Scholarship.
School of Visual Arts, New York City, New York, Illustration. Studied under Jim McMullan. Awarded Silas H. Rhodes Scholarship.
Private group studio classes, illustration painting and still-life instruction.
Co-produced animation video with ProductionFor, Austin, Texas, for NGO project in Ethiopia, "Buy Bricks, Build a School."
Gallery Shoal Creek, Austin, Texas, contracted to do public relations for shows.
Austin Monthly, “Jennifer Balkan, Painting With a Passion,” byline published under Courtney Russell.
Regents School of Austin, Texas, 9th-12th grade painting and drawing instructor.