Little Rock’s Pleasant Ridge Shopping Center is home to a unique local treasure: Art Group Gallery. Founded and operated by area artists, it is a true working gallery where area artists have a studio to paint and can display their works to sell in the front of the shop. Follow along as we feature different artists each month who will each share the inspiration and stories behind a few of his or her pieces.
As one of the founders and co-owners of Little Rock’s Art Group Gallery, Holly Tilley is a well-known name on the Little Rock art scene. “Artists are storytellers; we try to evoke emotion,” Holly says. “A good painting stops you to explore what’s there and what might happen next. We’re trying to take you to that place that made us want to connect with you.”
In her current direction, Holly is exploring abstracting subjects and focusing on the subtle color shifts that create these forms. “I tend to paint from life and nature; paintings are literally everywhere I look,” she says. Holly notes local art has a place in everyone’s home, and knowing what inspires the artist can allow collectors to create a connection with a piece. Here, in her own words, she shares the story behind four of her recent works, several of which are available through Art Group Gallery.
“Sweet Husband” comes from being married to the right one for 36 years—lucky me! This was a close up of the roses I received on this year’s anniversary.
“Broken Spoon” is the title of this piece because as I painted the shadow with lights and darks to create this illusion.
I also really love capturing reality. In this piece, titled “Stacked,” I applied a high gloss varnish to give the syrup even more shine, making it appear wet.
“Cotton Candy Commute” was inspired by a photo my daughter took on her daily drive to work.
See more of Holly’s work and learn how you can shop Art Group Gallery at artgrouparkansas.com.