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C. Leigh Holder

Courtney Leigh Holder works out of Psyche Ink, a studio space in the Texas Hill Country outside of Austin, where she was born. With a background in plein-air and figurative painting, Holder has a colorful aesthetic pulled from in-person observations, and long hours stepping back and squinting at her easel. Holder's fondness for myths, symbols and spontaneous rambles in woods informs her modern yet imaginative new series currently under production that explores themes of time, relativity and portals. Her mission is to brighten homes all over the world with paintings that explore the themes of beauty, mystery and modern mythos.

Born in 1979 and mostly self-taught, Holder 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, four children and two dogs. 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 courtney@courtneyholder.com or use the form below.

She also teaches 6-week painting classes in the Texas Hill Country area. To register, go to the classes page.

 

Education

2015

Studied under Jennifer Balkan, Georgetown, Texas.

2010

Studied under T. Allen Lawson, Fredricksburg, Texas.

2007

Studied under George Strickland, Whidbey Island, Washington.

2005

University of Texas, Austin, Texas, Masters in Journalism. Awarded Mary Susan Lewis Scholarship.    

1998

School of Visual Arts, New York City, New York, Illustration. Studied under Jim McMullan. Awarded Silas H. Rhodes Scholarship.

 

Awards & Exhibitions

2018

1st Place Award, "Anything Goes" Juried Show, New Braunfels Art League, New Braunfels, Texas.

2015

Annual Fredericksburg Art Guild Juried Show, Fredericksburg, Texas.

2011

Solo Show, Modern Myths, The Parlor, New Braunfels, Texas.

2010

East Austin Studio Tour (E.A.S.T), Pump Project Art Complex, Austin, Texas.

2009

Two-Women Exhibition, Holder & Lathan, Ventana, St Louis, Missouri.

1998

SVA Group Show, Flatiron Gallery, New York City, New York.

 

Experience

2018

Private group studio classes, illustration painting and still-life instruction.

2011

Co-produced animation video with ProductionFor, Austin, Texas, for NGO project in Ethiopia, "Buy Bricks, Build a School."

2007

Gallery Shoal Creek, Austin, Texas, contracted to do public relations for shows.

2004, October

Austin Monthly, “Jennifer Balkan, Painting With a Passion,” byline published under maiden name Courtney Russell.

2001-2003

Regents School of Austin, Texas, 9th-12th grade painting and drawing instructor.

 
 

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