My work is involved with the landscape and inspired by abstract patterns against atmospheric color. My paintings are about a solitary discovery of place and the unconscious forms generated from the experience. An emotional undercurrent is important to my imagery and my use of paint is mostly expressionistic within this framework. The landscape becomes a launching point for my imagination and interpreting the experience through painting a form of meditation.

Mary Powers Holt was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and has lived and worked in this area all of her life. She studied painting, drawing and Sculpture at the PA Academy of the Fine Arts and Art History at the University of Pennsylvania through the Academy and Penn’s coordinated B.F.A./Certificate program. As a student at the PA Academy she was awarded the J. Henry Schiedt Traveling Scholarship for work exhibited in the Student Annual.

Mary Powers Holt has exhibited recently at The PA Academy of the Fine Arts Alumni Gallery in the exhibit “12 x 12” and in “Landscapes”, “Winter Show” “International Painting I and IV" and “Small Works” exhibitions at the Jeffrey Leder Gallery in Long Island City, NY. She also recently exhibited two of her photographs in the show “Photographic Being” at the Jeffrey Leder Gallery. She exhibited solo in the Fall of 2014 to Spring 2015 at the Rivers Edge Gallery at Bridgeton House in Upper Black Eddy, PA. This exhibit was sponsored by InLiquid.

Past exhibitions include the Maryland Federation of Art in “American Landscapes” in 2016, 2012, 2013 and “Strokes of Genius” in 2011. “Crossing Lines” at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art and the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey’s 21st International show. Her work has been exhibited widely on the east coast and is part of many private collections.