After retiring from a successful career in publishing and graphic arts in Portland, Ore., Linda Holland immersed herself in the arts. Joining local art groups in Hillsboro and becoming involved in local art and culture discussions, she eventually found her home by forming a non-profit artists' group, Tualatin Valley Artists, and starting Influence Gallery in Hillsboro in 2007. Even though the gallery closed in 2011, the music side of the non-profit group is still active.
Watercolor is Holland's medium of choice and she paints as often as she can while balancing other volunteer activities such as involvement in the Hillsboro Art Walk where she selects the featured artists for two of the businesses and provides the musician for the opening receptions held on the First Tuesday of each month.
As an avid volunteer she spent three years on the board of Tuesday Marketplace where she arranged the artists for the Artist of the Week booth and completed three major projects: the painted ceiling tiles in the Influence Music Hall; the four feet square art panels with a Frida Kahla theme painted by Mexican and Oregonian artists combining their two countries’ cultures and displaying them at the M & M Marketplace and the Hillsboro Happy Days Mural on the side of the Hillsboro Bar & Grill on Main Street.
Holland was presented the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Endowment Award to recognize her distinctive accomplishments in the arts and culture landscape in Hillsboro.
Over 30 years’ experience painting, Holland’s watercolor artwork gained popularity with a series of dragon and baby paintings and she then went on to portraitures and kindred depictions. But throughout the periods of painting different subjects she continued painting vivid florals. “Painting flowers soothes my soul,” she said.
Originally from Montana, she moved to Oregon 30 years ago. Hillsboro has been her home since then and art has always been a part of her life.