Artist Biography

Holly Hagan was born in Portland, Oregon in 1967.  From a very young age, she was drawing and saw the world in shapes.  She applied her love of art throughout her education, and in 1989, graduated magna cum laude from the University of Oregon with a degree in fine art.  As her art developed, Holly’s vision expanded in ways of seeing our place, not just in the world, but in the infinite.  Currently her vision has included the human connection to the natural world, both seen and unseen.  She seeks to capture the genius loci, or spirit of place.  Holly’s paintings have been represented regionally in numerous exhibitions.  She resides in Hesperus, Colorado.  When not painting, she can be found exploring the mountains and canyon country surrounding her home.  


  • Fractured landscape:  Through color, light, shape, Denver Art Museum, Featured Artist; Demonstrating Artist Program, 2020

  • Bellingham National Juried Art Exhibition, (Juror, Bruce Guenther), Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, Washington, 2019

  • Fragmented, Linus Galleries, California, National Juried Online Exhibition, 2019

  • Salann Magazine, Winter 2019, Print.

  • Gateway To Imagination, Farmington Museum, New Mexico, National Juried Exhibit, 2018

  • Taos Art Insurgency: The New Protagonists, Taos, New Mexico, Juried Exhibit, 2018

  • Delaney Library, Center of Southwest Studies, Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado, Solo Exhibit, 2015-2016

  • Maria's Bookshop, Book signing, Durango, Colorado, Solo Exhibit, 2016

  • Pie in the Sky Publishing, "The Star Bright Factory", Illustrator, 2015-2016

  • Durango Art Center, Durango, Colorado, 2014

  • Diane West Gallery, Durango, Colorado, 2011-2013

  • Joan Cawley Licensing, LTD, Tempe, Arizona, 2001-2005

  • The Heather Gallery, Aspen, Colorado, 1999

  • Rio Street Gallery, Ruidoso, New Mexico, 1999

  • La Unica Cosa, Durango, Colorado, 1997

  • Blue Sky Gallery, Bend, Oregon, 1993


  • Director’s Choice Award, Farmington Museum, Farmington, New Mexico, 2018

  • CIPA EVVY Awards, First Place, Children’s Book Illustration, Star Bright Factory, 2016