Holly Turner creates her unique sculptures in beautiful Western North Carolina among the Blue Ridge Mountains. She finds her inspiration in the beauty of the mountains, trees and streams that surround her home.
Holly discovered her love of sculpting in 1991. It started as a way to pass time during a summer vacation from college, and quickly became a passion. Over the years, she has sold her sculptures in various shops, galleries and art festivals.
Each sculpture starts out as a lump of polymer clay, and is formed over many hours using a basic wooden sculpting tool. After the clay has been formed, it is baked in an oven until it is hardened. Then washes of acrylic paint are used to bring out warmth and character, and finally a coat of finishing wax is applied for protection. Every work of art is completely original.
Holly’s favorite subjects to sculpt are people who are full of expression and character. Many of her artworks utilize objects that she finds while hiking, such as sticks, vines or tree bark. She enjoys the feel of nature that these things bring to her art when they are merged with clay.
Through her sculptures, Holly strives to bring to others as sense of joy and creativity. She feels so very blessed that God has given her this ability and the opportunity to use it. The freedom to glorify God through her artwork and her life brings her true satisfaction.
Holly lives in Waynesville, NC with her husband and two children. Her artwork can be found at Twigs and Leaves Gallery in Waynesville, NC. She also accepts commissions for custom sculpture or art dolls.