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Candace Holden - Original Art

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Candace Holden

Biography

Edgar Degas said “Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do”.  My goal is to stay on the path where I constantly learn, grow and experience.  I want to continually work through the difficulties and produce results that are easy to be interpreted and enjoyed,...Candace Holden

Candace paints predominantly landscapes but has recently become intrigued by portraits.  Landscapes show where you have been, the feel of that location, and they invite the viewer to step into that place.  Portraits mark a sense of time for an individual.  They not only capture the persons face, but their expression, their mood, and it stimulates the audience to think about many things.  What was that person like? What did they do?  Thoughts are endless when viewing artwork.

Born and raised in Calgary and the surrounding area, Candace has found home in the Cochrane, Alberta Foothills.  Candace worked in the downtown Oil and Gas business for the majority of her career.  Being downtown, she would always pop into the Galleries and admire the artwork hanging on the walls.  She always appreciated the creativity of artists; whether through music, dance, sculpture or painting.  She decided to exercise her own latent talent in the art world.  Candace took her first oil painting class in 2004 and hasn't looked back since.

Candace expanded her skills as an artist by having great mentorship.  She is predominantly self-taught and has become a student of art, absorbing information like a sponge. She has attended regular clinics with several renowned artists (Rick Berg, Murray Phillips, Doug Swinton, Jerry Markham to name a few).  Candace joined art clubs and institutions that provided her with the necessary tools to develop into an artist.

Candace gets her inspiration from her family and being outdoors.  An artist friend once told her “When you paint, you start to look at things differently, you see so much more than you used to” – maybe because you actually take the time to see!

Candace took those words to heart and now spends the majority of her time in her studio creating and developing her style.  She has established a regular following through affiliations with art clubs and associations.  Candace has participated in private as well as juried shows and sales and has the support of many wonderful people.


Member of the Federation of Canadian Artist - Active Member

Member of Leighton Art Center