Paula in Studio Head Shot

American, b. 1956

Paula Holtzclaw has gained a national reputation for her ability to capture the drama of nature on canvas. Light-filled paintings of pristine, undeveloped landscapes are executed with a unique blend of classical realism and impressionism, while her still life paintings demonstrate a love of the Old Masters’ works. Paula was inspired early in life by her Grandmothers, both of whom were painters.  As a native Carolinian, she gains much of her inspiration along our coastline, vast marshlands and the southern landscape. Holtzclaw’s paintings have been included in many national juried and museum exhibitions. Museum venues include the Haggin Museum, Gilcrease Museum, Booth Western Art Museum, Muscarelle Museum of Art, the Tucson Desert Museum, and the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. Paula has been the recipient of notable awards including:  "President's Award " and "Third Place Masters Award", Women Artists of the West 51st National Exhibition, Award of Excellence, American Women Artists National 2019,  Third Place- Master's Division, Women Artists of the West National 2021, 2020, 2019, The F & M Bank Purchase Award, American Women Artists National 2018, First Place, Nautical Show, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY, 2017, Best In Show, Women Painters of the Southeast Exhibition, 2015. Holtzclaw is a Master Member of American Women Artists (AWA), and Master Member of the Women Artists of the West (WAOW).  Signature Memberships in numerous prestigious art organizations and societies include:  Oil Painters of America (OPA)American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA), American Impressionist Society (AIS) and the National Oil and Acrylic Painter's Society (NOAPS).  By invitation, Holtzclaw is an artist member of the Salmagundi Club of New York, the Plein Air Painters of the SouthEast (PAP-SE), and Out-of-State Artist Member of the prestigious California Art Club. Paula is often called upon to serve as an entry and awards juror for regional and national exhibitions. Holtzclaw served on the Executive Board of American Women Artists from 2012-2019, a 501 (c) (3) educational nonprofit organization, dedicated to the advancement of women through the arts.

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