We had the good fortune of connecting with Christy Holmes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christy, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I am not a risk taker by nature at all – however as I have started my art business I have found myself reframing my thoughts on risk and have tried to embrace it as an opportunity to grow rather than a possibility of failure. We have a phrase in our family to “get in the game” which means you can’t win if you don’t play. So when I am presented with a chance to show my work or try something new in the studio I am not afraid to try – even if I make a mistake or a show/gallery is not a right fit, I always learn something. When I look back at the last year – some things have worked, some haven’t but I’ve progressed – taking risks, making mistakes and even failing is all part of growing. I have learned that waiting for things to be perfect will mean you will never “get in the game” and that’s worse than never trying at all.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I think one of the things I am most proud of is that I get to create something that brings joy into peoples lives. I may never meet them, but I love knowing that someone has purchased something that I have made that they connect with and is personal to them. Many of my pieces have specifically selected materials (maps, papers, recipes, letters, etc…)that I weave into the underpainting to help craft the story of the piece. I love making art that reminds my collectors of special memories or moments.
My journey has been a stop start path. I have always loved art, my grandmother was a portrait painter and I grew up in a creative home. I pursued a traditional path in college all the while secretly wishing I was an art major – which I later went back to school to learn. I have painted on and off for the last twenty years – mostly focused on my family while dabbling in art along the way. Now that I have more time on my hands I began focusing on my art full time in 2019. I’ve learned to take risks, try new things, and break out of my comfort zone. I call my studio 3rd Quarter because I am in the third quarter of my life and with 2020 in the rear view I think we can all appreciate the need to seize the day and start pursuing our dreams now.
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.
This is a great question….ok for starters I’m more of a relaxed pace take in the local sites type of gal instead of a fast paced cover all the highlights type of tourist. So I’d start off the morning going out for breakfast….well because it’s possibly the best meal of the day and there’s coffee so there’s that. I love Sun in My Belly or grab some gluten free treats at Hell Yeah it’s Gluten Free. Then we’d hit the belt line and go for a walk – stopping to look at the art installations and maybe even doing that Clue Town Scavenger hunt because I’ve never done it and it would be fun to check out. Shop at Ponce City Market if she wanted to -but I’m not much of a shopper and then I’m thinking it’s time for lunch so maybe we’d grab lunch at Ladybird or a drink at New Realm Brewery just to watch the action and take in the scenery. Home for a nap….check out the Van Gogh virtual exhibit or the Botanical Gardens then out to dinner at La Tavola , grab a a drink from the roof at the Clermont Lounge and check out the view then finish the evening with a tall boy PBR at Moes and Joes.. Solid day. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Here’s my squad – they are my biggest cheerleaders: My family, E.Ross, K. Bartlett, A. Santa Barbara, L. Pozzobon, MB Kuhn, S. Jaynes