Hollis Fortune is a multi-disciplinary abstract artist, also a collector of beach glass, shells, plants, pottery, random stones, and funky hats.
Born in Connecticut, her interest in painting began in High School where she was encouraged by two art teachers. Her creativity also included pursuits in enameling, silver smithing and pottery. When she was 18, Hollis moved to New Hampshire,stayed for 30 years and raised her own family. She settled on Cape Cod in 2009.
Here, Starting with oils, she initially explored realism, joined an artists’ cooperative and became treasurer of the group exhibiting her work in indoor and out door shows. Initially focusing on landscapes and seascapes, she recognized that she was drawn to color and random shapes and started to create abstract paintings in acrylics. She has since expanded her work to create one-of-a-kind painted garments and abstract painted jewelry.
Hollis maintains a studio at the Harwich Cultural Center.
“What I hear most from people is that they love my use of color, texture and marks, which is very gratifying to me. Anything can become an inspiration for me——a flower, colorful material, another artwork, and the desire to paint that “one more thing” that’s in my head. The possibilities are endless! The array of beauty and talent in this world is remarkable”