Don Holladay has been painting since 1973. In the early 1990s he studied printmaking at the University of Oklahoma under Dan Kiacz. His studio includes an etching press and many of his images originate from the printmaking process. His work has been selected in regional and international juried competitions, and has been displayed in art publications, magazines and publications in the humanities, and on permanent display in the offices of non-profit foundations. One of his images while a student appears in "60 Years of Printmaking at the University of Oklahoma." His art is owned by universities, individuals, corporations and professional groups. Two of his pieces are on permanent display at USAO. He and his wife Kay reside in Norman, Oklahoma. He holds a law degree from the College of Law, University of Oklahoma. He writes in the area of social justice issues.
A new 52 page essay, titled "A Creek Called Grindstone" with accompanying art work, grows out of a solo day trip to a small farm in southern Oklahoma. The farm has been a source of inspiration for my art. Since Indian Territory days, the place has transitioned from one generation to the next. The essay connects the aging process, the importance of finding personal connections in art, reverence for the land, and the tradition of storytelling.
Many of the images in the essay shown are included in his current show at the Leslie Powell Foundation Gallery, Lawton, Oklahoma. The show runs through June 24, 2002.
A review of the essay is located on this website under the News and Review tab.
The book is a limited edition of 250 and available from: Quail Creek Editions, 1811 Quail Creek Drive, Norman, OK 73026.