Princeton Featured Artist
Holly Hanley, author of the popular decorative painting series Sunshine Kisses and Warm Winter Wishes, is an internationally known teacher, designer, and author. Holly has published nine instructional decorative painting books, along with numerous pattern packets and magazine articles, each containing whimsical designs that make her style stand out.
She has developed several trademark techniques that involve the use of different textures, surfaces, and brushes, but she is most known for her 3-D teddy bears. Holly has been teaching and designing for close to 20 years now, traveling to Italy and across North and South America and sharing her techniques in a relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere where every student leaves feeling successful and inspired.
My designs are mostly decorative and incorporate a whimsical style that is vibrant and full of color—and even sparkle. I love to have fun when I paint and create, and this is personified in my happy little characters. I love painting bears, snowmen, penguins, witches… anything that I can put a smile on. I also enjoy painting European-inspired architectural designs on canvas. I love drybrushing over a dark, textured surface, bringing the highlights to life with layers of color.