Holly Gardner Textile Art
Traditional Artist

Holly Gardner

Artist Biography and Artist Statement



Holly Gardner was born in Reno, Nevada and graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno. She had studied both drawing and textile art and sewing for 40 years, studying under Sophie Jane Standing, Nancy Ryan, Denise Oyama Miller and Loraine Turner.

Holly is an active member of Reno Open Studios both as member and President (2015-2020). She is an active member of the Sierra Arts Foundation and guest artist at the Artist’s Co-op of Reno,

Holly is a national juried artist through the Arc Gallery of San Francisco and Paragon Gallery in Phoenix, Pennsylvania. She has exhibited her work in both group and solo shows.

Her work is held in private collections in Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada as well as California,Virginia and Florida.

She has contracted with Truckee Meadows Community College to teach textile art classes Winter and Spring of 2020.



My process is intuitive. I study flora and fauna and landscape by mediating on it, often sketching it out first. I look to imbue detail, curiosity, and light with the texture of the threads, and the subtle use of acrylic and watercolor paints. I use pattern and color to add unexpected whimsical details of the subject by creating collage of fabrics in my animals and the use of batik fabrics shredded to create impressionistic landscapes. Many of my pieces have both collage and impressionist elements. The overall effect is to have the viewer feel as they entered a surreal storybook that they don’t want to leave. My process is create a piece that helps the viewer try to remember the simple joys they had in their youth. I want the viewer to forget their work life and the information age and live in the piece they see if only for a little while. My wish is that every time the viewer sees my work they pause and see a new detail and perhaps remember a great adventure they had as a child as only a child could remember.

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