Hope Banks was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1957. She began her art education
at the University of Toledo, receiving her Bachelor's of Art degree in
1981. She was a registered copyist at the National Gallery of Art in
Washington, D.C. for 5 years. Holly continued her classical training
at the Atelier of Plein-air Studies for 4 years and then furthered her
studies by extensive travels in Europe.
Her work has been included in
numerous national open juried exhibitions: the last eight years alone
have included appearances in the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club
at the National Arts Club in New York and with the Audubon Artists
at the Salmagundi Club in New York. She has won major awards with both
art organizations and is a full member of both. Her work has also been
included in exhibitions in 2000 and 2001 at the Butler Institute of
American Art. In 1996, Holly was one of six American artists chosen
for cultural exchange with the Union of Russian Artists. They were
the first group of American artists to be officially invited to
Russia. Her work was featured in an American/Russian show in Kolomna
and Moscow, Russia.
In 1998, Holly was named one of ten prominent emerging
artists in an article of American Artist magazine, and wrote
an article, ‘An Artistic Imagination,’ which
was published in the same magazine in the October 2001 issue. Her
portrait of ‘Ms. Ramona Tumblin’ was selected for the ‘Best
of Portrait Painting,’ North Light Books, 1998. She
is listed in numerous reference books including Who's Who in
American Art, Who's Who of American Women and Who's
Who in the World.
Holly Banks is a realist painter, who specializes
in portraits, figurative outdoor work, and still life. She is also represented
by Rehs Galleries of New York as well as several portrait galleries in the South and
has her work in important, private collections across the country.
She resides and maintains her studio in Clearwater, Florida.