March 2018 Feature Artist - Ski Holm

Ski Holm


When Learning a New Language

President Emeritus of the Museum of Modern Art, Agnes Gund, penned an article for the Huffington Post in 2010 titled “Relish the Art That Surrounds You”.  It was a good piece, where she notes, "We are surrounded by art and beauty - all of us, wherever we live, wherever we do.  Our challenge is to recognize and relish it."1.  A sentiment that easily applies to the remarkable cityscapes by the artist Ski Holm. His lush colors and well-structured compositions are truly something to relish.  This work beautifully captures the essence of New York, with scenes that many could, and do, pass by every day, without stopping to appreciate their intrinsic beauty.  The Fat Canary Journal is pleased to celebrate Ski Holm’s keen eye and talent as our feature artist.

Ski describes the inspiration behind his series titled "City": "Of all the places that I've lived I've never felt more at home than when I lived in New York City. However much it has changed it still feels like home. My urban landscapes attempt to reflect that. I normally forgo the frenetic aspects of the city in favor of the more quiet scenes. This is by and large what New Yorkers tend to do, look for solitude in a city of eight million people."  

By Any Means

In addition, on the series titled “Scenes from a Train”, he playfully invites us to “Come along as I take you on a tour of the country's forgotten infrastructure, the railroad. The epitome of bureaucracy in of all its glorious dysfunction. Nowhere else in the world do we encounter so many perfect examples of a nation's economic policy decisions, both successful and failed. Experience a trek filled with mile after mile of rust, rot and decay, and if you pay close enough attention, you won't even notice that you made it to your destination more or less on time. Witness the patchwork of repairs that were given absolutely no aesthetic consideration, but are beautiful nonetheless. The rails, where form follows function, if you are lucky. It is the one place on the globe where you are constantly reminded that no one gives a crap about what you see out your window. Welcome, to America's backyard.”

Diagonals and Stripes

The Red Drawbridge 

A well-credentialed artist, Ski credits much of his recent success to the practice of daily painting.  He describes its profound effect on his work and life:

"This practice was brought to my attention by a well-meaning student and friend, Treva Ghattas. She thought that it might be a good way for me to make a living through painting. She showed me examples of the work of Carol Marine. I was duly impressed, but I could not see myself doing this. The paintings were so small and my work was much, much larger (daily paintings are in the five by seven, or six by six inch range. At the time, I was creating works that were seven by six FEET). I researched it further and found the works of Michael Naples, Julian Merrow-Smith, and the father of daily painting Duane Keiser (he is credited with coining the phrase, “painting-a-day”).
What put me over the edge in deciding to try it was a conversation I had with Stephen Magsig at an exhibit opening. Seeing his incredible work and hearing his passion for the discipline, convinced me to try it.

After several false starts and more disastrous paintings than I would like to admit (this is not as easy as it may look), I was ready to take the full plunge. Not just the painting part but the selling as well. As it turned out my procrastination paid off. It gave Carol Marine and her husband, David time to build a site solely for selling these paintings. As Carol puts it, “Imagine if Ebay and Etsy had a kid, who was an artist.” I have been a member of Daily Paintworks since August of 2012 with absolutely no regrets.

Although I no longer produce a painting each day, the principles of working each day has stuck with me. The paint on my palette is never dry, and I am constantly running out of painting panels. All is right with the world."

The Shadow

Trestle Rust

To again quote Gund, Ski Holm’s work encapsulates "… the surprise and small thrills that come from acknowledging the loveliness that is both momentary and constant in the everyday, ordinary encounters of our lives..."2

Under the FDR

Upcoming Events 

Ski will have several paintings in the invitational exhibit  

Opening reception: Friday, April 13, 2018, 6:30 - 9:00 PM

Upcoming Class:  Oil Painting

Thursdays, 1:00 – 4:00 PM, March 8 – April 12 (6 Weeks)

Please contact the Arts Council at 717-264-6883 or click here for more information

Three Stacks

Newark at Dusk

Down the East River

A Walk in the Rain

Long Day

Recent Shows and Galleries

Represented by:  Principal Gallery, Alexandria, VA

One, Two & Three Person Exhibits

2017    City, Chambersburg Area Council for the Arts, Chambersburg, PA

2013    Cemetery: The Unintended Subject, Mercersburg Academy, Mercersburg, PA

2012    Recent Works, Large and Small, Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA

2010    Have You Noticed...?, Washington County Arts Council, Hagerstown, MD

2005    Corn, Paintings  & Works on Paper, Washington Co. Museum of Fine Arts,
           Hagerstown, MD
Select Group Exhibits

Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA

2018     City Lights, Urban Landscape, Invitational Exhibit

2017     Small Works, Invitational Exhibit

2016     Small Works, Invitational Exhibit

            Root to Bloom, Where Artists Call Home

2014     Urban Aspect

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, MD

2013     Cumberland Valley Artist Association

2012     Museum Art School Reunion Exhibition

2009     Annual Faculty Exhibit

2008     Moonlight and Roses

2007     Washington County Museum of Fine Arts: 75th Anniversary, Recent Acquisitions


Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

The New York Yankees Foundation

Summit Health Care

Elizabethtown College

American Association of University Women

Penn State University

Florida University

Theater for the New City

Many private collections throughout The US, Canada, The UK and Europe


1992 - Pres.     Private Art Instructor, Chambersburg, PA

2011 – Pres.     Instructor at the Arts Council of Chambersburg

2007 – 14         Instructor at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

2011 – 14         Artist Residency at James Buchanan High School

2011, 16, 17    Juror for the Student Exhibit at Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA


1977 – 80        Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC, Fine Arts (Pitts, Perlis,
                      Daykin, Arcilesi)

1978               The Art Students’ League, NYC, Anatomy (Hale)

1973 – 76        C. W. Post College, Long Island, NY, Life Drawing

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1, 2 Relish the Art That Surrounds You, by Agnes Gund, Huffington Post 10/18/2010


Anonymous said…
Great Pics of NYC!!!
garydawyot said…
I love his industrial choices!


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