An artist’s journey: From painting to metalwork, Alyssa Holt keeps her hand in multiple mediums


BLUE HILL — Alyssa Holt is discovering her creative mother nature, in some cases by way of many mediums at a time.

Dependent on the time of year, you could come across the Portland-born artist at perform in her household studio, which had been her fisherman boyfriend’s buoy-painting workshop.

The slight youthful girl, carrying a silver hydrangea-encouraged cuff on 1 wrist, designed at Haystack Mountain Faculty of Crafts, demonstrates a visitor a dizzying volume of do the job. Paintings are in all places, from alcoholic beverages-ink abstracts to parts manufactured with bullet casings dipped in vivid acrylics.

A box of shimmering lobster claws awaits summer site visitors to snatch them up.

“My desire for building art stemmed from a youthful age. I generally felt this creativeness from inside and obtaining innovative men and women in my close loved ones. It sparked this passion for art in quite a few forms,” Holt claimed. “There’s this photograph of me all around 4 years outdated or so, in the evening, sitting at my little desk, with a lamp and deep in my work, which was drawing of course.”

“So, the drawing turned into portray, which turned into all sorts of crafts and art sorts including collage, scrapbooking, beading, stitching, printmaking,” the artist recalled. “I’ve dabbled in ceramics, woodturning, indicator carving and basket weaving, all of which I would do yet again in a heartbeat, but it hasn’t specifically been my core work.”

“I’m surely a collector as effectively,” Holt ongoing. Gathered gems, crystals, sea glass, even a container of wire hangers, await assignments.

Holt, who grew up on Cape Cod, took drawing classes at the Artwork Institute of Boston. There, she identified printmaking with linoleum and wood blocks.

“I received into jewellery all over 19 years outdated,” she claimed. “I beloved playing with crystals and stones, and I identified that creating this ‘wearable art’ type was a pleasurable way to perform and wire quickly turned my medium of decision.”

“I acquired additional encounter with steel do the job in my very first silversmithing class in 2012,” Holt mentioned. “And ongoing just after relocating up to Maine in 2016 where by I took [on] bezel options and some copper soldering assignments. Because then, I have had an island workshop day at Haystack, where I obtained to use their remarkable steel studio space.”

Holt, in her 20s, did the tunes demonstrate circuit also, creating band and live performance T-shirts and pop culture-themed enamel pins.

“Now in my 30s I appear to be to preserve lots of of these artwork kinds playing off each individual other, either in collaboration or at times I’ll paint and in some cases I’ll make jewelry. It is pleasant to have a different medium to do the job with,” the artist explained.

Holt also does some graphic art, developing logos for smaller businesses.

“I take pleasure in generating,” she reported. “I sense like I’m normally likely to be a maker no make any difference what. I hope folks will uncover it pleasing or it stirs their emotions in some way.”

A silver hydrangea-influenced cuff (from above still left) and bracelets, artful sea glass magnets and liquor-ink abstract paintings are among the the artist’s other creations.

Throughout the summer months, Holt operates at Handworks Gallery in Blue Hill and she also sells her perform there. You also can locate her art at Barncastle Cafe and the ArtBox in Fairwinds Florist and Makers Market Store + Studio in Brooksville.

“A good deal of my inspiration arrives from my family members. My mother [Susan James of Castine] is in graphic design and style, my dad was in culinary arts and carpentry, my brother also is a carpenter,” Holt said.

When Holt is effective on her jewelry, she sits at a bench tailor made produced for her by her father, the late Richard Holt. He just passed 18 months back and the artist has a photo of him hanging close by. The bench has armrests that Holt can pull out and rest her forearms on although she’s performing comprehensive jewelry function.

“My grandfather, Paul Noble James, did a ton of portray,” she mentioned. “He would hike and photograph surroundings, then paint them at residence. As a minor child I was captivated by all of his perform, the rather paintings adorning every single inch of my grandparents’ walls and stacked beneath ended up additional to sift by means of. His uncles (my fantastic-great uncles) were painters and my wonderful-great grandfather was a painter, illustrator, etcher and designer.

“So, my family definitely performs a huge role in my do the job, but there is inspiration everywhere you go,” she claimed. “Nature conjures up me every single working day. The architecture and scenery when I vacation — tunes and tradition. There are some magnificent community artists from this space I’ve been in a position to satisfy. I was lucky more than enough to devote some time with a wonderful artist from Castine who experienced incredible encaustic get the job done, and collage paintings.”

Some of her most loved artists from whom she attracts inspiration involve MC Escher, Ralph Steadman, Salvador Dalí, Jackson Pollock and Wassily Kandinsky.

“Being right here in Blue Hill is quite wonderful,” she reported. “I’ve now also been at Handworks Gallery for 4 a long time and it’s inspirational just staying in there to operate. “I get suggestions or projects in head. I study new procedures and I also meet a ton of the artists who show their get the job done there.”

See Holt’s portfolio at

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