During 2013 I have been experimenting with alternative materials for my surfaces. I have affixed burlap, cloth and sand to a canvas surface on several pieces. I have also been stimulated by Jackson Pollock images, and my most recent work reflects his influence. Changing direction, if only for a short period of time, brings enthusiasm to the process, and I like the feeling. I alternative between figurative painting and non-objective abstract images. I am drawn to he solitary figure, particularly because of my printmaking background. I greatly admire the figurative painters of the 1950s. The work of artists such as Nathan Oliviera, David Park and Elmer Bischoff have a sense of energetic immediacy that inspires me. For my non-objective pieces, almost all originate off the printing press. Composition is usually the most important element, although in many instances, my hope is for a look of controlled carelessness. Being precise acts like a barrier for me, and as a result, I do not like an overly tidy image. I always make sure circles are not perfectly round , and rarely center the focal point of the image. Every time too much planning creeps in, the end result for me has a tendency not to look spontaneous. I try to be hasty and work fast. A piece's title is usually only enough to give the viewer a point of reference.
Don Holladay's work has appeared in solo and group shows across the state, including MainSite Contemporary Art Gallery, Normans Firehouse Art Center, the Norman Performance Art Center, the University of Oklahoma Lightwell Gallery, the University of Sciences and Arts of Oklahoma (USA0), the Goddard Center, Paseo Originals Gallery and the Leslie Powell Gallery. He is represented by Paseo Originals Gallery, Oklahoma City. His art is owned by numerous individuals, businesses and organizations. He is a former Board Chairman of the Oklahoma Arts Institute. He and his wife Kay reside in Norman, Oklahoma. He holds a law degree from the College of Law, University of Oklahoma.