Artist Biography

Holly Hagan was born in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Her parents named her after Holly, Colorado, a town she once visited. Holly graduated magna cum laude from the University of Oregon with a degree in Fine Art. She has called Durango, Colorado home since 1997. Currently, she resides at Miramonte, a "place with a view of the mountains," with her husband Barry Spear and family. Holly is inspired by the natural landscape, and when not painting, can be found exploring the mountains and canyon country surrounding her home.


  • 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