Bevin Strider Holmberg (Photo by: Freeport USA)

Bevin Strider Holmberg (Photo by: Freeport USA)

Bevin was born in North Carolina to two talented artists, Dave and Mary Lou.  She grew up in Virginia, where she achieved her B.F.A. in Studio Art from James Madison University, with a concentration in photography, focusing specifically in alternative processes.  While in school, she spent a summer in Lake Tahoe, CA, where she met a tall, handsome Minnesotan.  After college, she married the Minnesotan, lived and participated in the Tilsner Artist Cooperative in St. Paul, worked as a sign painter, and taught drawing lessons to elementary-age students.  While in the Land-o-Lakes, she obtained her Master of Education in Art from the University of Minnesota, and finished the program with summer study at Säterglänten Institute for Slöjd (traditional handicrafts) in Insjön and Stockholm, Sweden.  That next Fall...

"I moved to the beautiful state of Maine, and as an artist, was inspired by its rustic charm.   I started painting on old boards from barns that had fallen under disrepair and lost their use. I love painting on the wood because each piece is unique and adds a layer of texture and history.  Some of the barns here in Maine can be 100-200 yrs old.  Their old knots and saw marks present character, and they give me a challenge to paint on.  I keep my paintings relatively simple and take into account the interesting features that the wood already has.

Throughout the year, I sell my paintings of whales, owls and other creatures at art fairs and local shops.  What I've heard from people is that they appreciate the character of the wood and the personality of the animals I paint.  Without the use stencils or pencils, it's just paint straight to wood, so sometimes I'm even surprised by the outcome!