We had the good fortune of connecting with Ginny Hollinger and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ginny, what do you think makes you most happy? Why?
Well obviously art makes me pretty happy, but what really gets me going are the intricate details of the world around me. The delicate labyrinth of veins on a leaf, the way water droplets turn to tiny diamonds in the sunlight, the sound of aspen trees in the wind. These things bring me happiness because they simply just exist, and that feat alone is miraculous to me.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I started getting more serious about art in my senior year of high school. When I got to college I started developing my skills more and more. I’ve always been great at color. But my sketching needed a lot of work. Since I couldn’t afford to take on an actual art class, I taught myself. I practiced the human body by printing out and tracing figure studies I found online. Eventually I was able to produce a genuine interpretation of the female body. Over the next 10 years my personal style started to come out, and I started to believe that I had finally become an artist.

I describe my style as dreamlike, atmospheric, and emotionally provocative. I’m really influenced by outer space, color, light and the female form. I’m also extremely influenced by my degree in political science. Human struggle, growth and posturing are a big part of understanding where my art is coming from. In regards to that human struggle I’m so fascinated with, I’ve often used my art as a way to articulate raw emotions that I had trouble expressing or understanding. Though now I feel very little fear in expressing who I am and how I feel, that was definitely not always the case. Painting allowed me to get across my emotions without someone telling me I was wrong for feeling that way. Now, when others appreciate my art, I feel very proud that I can get across those feelings through pigment.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I know that I would definitely take them to Forest Room 5. This little bar features a beautiful outdoor space complete with tiny creek, tee pee, fire pits and eclectic artwork and random odds and ends. We would take a beautiful drive through the mountains and on the way back stop at one of my favorite pizza restaurants, Atomic Cowboy. I love their strawberry rhubarb mules! Another day we would embark on a journey to all of my favorite plant shops. Rosehouse, The Herbery, and Planted, to name a few. We would meet up with my best friend Rayna and my wonderful boyfriend Matt, to play corn hole in the park and possibly some Jumbling Towers (poor man’s Jenga). But mostly we’d spend our time driving around Denver and the mountains, exploring shops and rivers and small towns we find along the way.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d love to dedicate my Shoutout to my Grandma Kitty, who recently passed away. She’s the one who first introduced me to painting. I would spend many an afternoon in her garage painting with these watercolors that looked like they came straight out an art shop 50 years ago. But they never seemed to run out.

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