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July 2011

Providence Gallery in Charlotte, NC, Features Works by Paula Holtzclaw and Travis Bruce Black

Providence Gallery in Charlotte, NC, will present new works by Paula Holtzclaw and Travis Bruce Black on view from July 5 - 30, 2011.

Summer is in bloom at Providence Fine Art Gallery! The beauty of the season is revealed in the timeless paintings of Paula Holtzclaw. New “Chirps” have flown in from New Mexico! Travis Bruce Black’s imaginative bird compositions explore the complex nature of our perception of reality.

Holtzclaw has earned critical acclaim and a loyal clientele for her traditional still life paintings and landscapes and seascapes, often depicting the Carolina Lowcountry and locales from across the southeastern coast of the United States.

Holtzclaw describes her work as a painter as her way of “celebrating and communicating” the fact that “beauty in this world has the power to uplift and inspire.”

Holtclaw’s paintings have been displayed in numerous national juried and museum exhibitions including: the Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art, The Salon International, the International Marine Art Exhibition Mystic Seaport, and Bosque Art Classic. She is an award winning signature member of American Women Artists, the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society and Women Artists of the West.

Travis Bruce Black asserts that in creating his artwork he endeavors to “work in paradoxes.” The “Chirps” series is a selection of bird figuratives in vivid watercolor, with an emphasis on the interplay between lines. Through his work, Black explores the intersection and commingling of lines, and the affect the relationship of line has on human perception of the world.

Black credits his mentor and first instructor in watercolor painting, Jim Ferguson, with forcing him to foster his artistic talent, teaching him the fundamentals of his chosen medium while encouraging him to “push the edges” always motivating him to go further with his exploration of the medium and the elements of color, line and abstraction.

After continuing his studies with well known watercolorist Mark Mehaffey, Black moved to New Mexico where he attended the University of New Mexico. There, he studied with Martin Facey, head of the university art department. Facey introduced Black to the work of the San Francisco Bay Figurative Artists; Black asserts that he identified with this group of painters strongly and this furthered his willingness to continue exploring inventive approaches to his subject matter.

Black asserts his purpose as an artist is to create “art that expresses my lust for life and the simple exuberance of being.”

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