Holly Berry Moiles
Waldoboro - "I make illustrations and block prints in Waldoboro, Maine, a charming town on the mid-coast. I live on a small wild blueberry farm that formerly belonged to my Great Aunt Laura and Uncle Wilbert.
Before COVID I also hosted workshops in block/relief printing and punch-needle rug-hooking at my studio on the farm and at other venues. I look forward to getting back to that way of life. I hope you enjoy checking out my work.
Ideas for my images are inspired by my attraction to the graphic elements of my immediate surrounding here in Maine. Everywhere I see strong lines, bold shapes, saturated colors, textures and patterns. I love the act of carving a block of wood or linoleum. It is decisive and immediate act and, I find, a meditative process. Using knives and gouges to realize a design appeals to my love of making things with my hands and my appreciation for craftsmanship. For me, it is the perfect way to interpret, express my love for and celebrate the beautiful world in which we live.
A native of Kennebunk, Maine, I earned a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Illustration and worked toward an MFA in Studio Teaching at Boston University. My work as a printmaker has been recognized with an Individual Arts Fellowship in Printmaking by the Maine Arts Commission and I am a member of the Boston Printmakers. My prints have been exhibited in invitational, juried and group shows throughout the country and included in the Maine-Aomori Print Exchange with Japan."
--- Holly Berry