about the artist 

My name is Alana Holst and I am a part-time semi-professional artist specializing in Acrylic Painting.  I love large formats, brilliant colour and sculptural aesthetics.  My true passion is for colour, texture and design and how compositions can play an emotional role in the viewer.

Art has always been a passion of mine.  I knew from a very early age that art was going to a strong influence in my life and that I wanted to know as much about art as I could possibly learn.  I still strive to learn something new every day.

Other than a short stint as a bull-headed young adult, flunking out of the Alberta College of Art & Design, I am self-taught.  I began my pursuit of art as a career in my teens, having started out with a proficiency in the medium of graphite.  I dabbled in water colours and pastels and then found acrylic paint.  For years I worked with student grade paints and inferior supports.  In 2002, I learned more about acrylic paint and what it could do and far I could take it.  At the same time, I also began to explore the nature of gel mediums and after creating Daisy I and Daisy II, I knew I was onto something.

I draw my inspiration from elements of nature that I find close at hand, in my own 'back-yard' that is Alberta.  I do not paint traditional landscapes and scenes.  I choose, instead, to focus on a particular piece of the scene or object and enlarge upon it, inviting my viewers to stop and take stock of how beautiful something is that you otherwise might not have given a second, or even a first, glance. 


My work has evolved through the years and while I enjoy creating work that is hyper-realistic, I also enjoy the freedom of working in more of an impasto style.  I try to relate my love of nature and all of mother nature's bounty through the use of colour, texture and 3-dimensional objects.  I hope that the collectors of my work can be touched in some way to Stop and Smell the Roses for a moment and find the beauty in the everyday objects that surround us each day.

I live on the doorstep to the Alberta Foothills, working and living in High River, AB.  Nature is bountiful.  Deer graze in my front lawn.  I can watch an exciting array of birds hop from one feeder to the next.  Manicured gardens and natural prairiescapes, each close at hand, are my bountiful inspiration.  I feel truly blessed when I can settle into my studio and be surrounded with this serenity.  I hope that the passion I have for art and the passion I have in sharing nature's beauty is reflected in my work.