Israel Holloway is an award winning watercolor artist who also works with red wine on cotton
paper. He exhibits at the Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale, The Russell Auction to benefit the C.M.
Russell Museum, the Mountain Oyster Club, and just completed the Worlds Largest Watercolor at the
Museum of Nortrhwest Colorado.
Israel was born in 1972 in Boulder Colorado and grew up in the Yampa Valley. He is a third
generation sign painter, was commissioned to sculpt for a popular Denver artist in 1994, and continued
to pursue his artistic development through the years while working in construction, woodworking and
drafting. “I’ve always considered myself a student of fine art. I think the greatest teachers for me have
been the public library, daily practice, and certainly all the wonderful students I’ve had. The artists who
have been kind enough to publish their knowledge, observations and methods over the years have
certainly influenced my work. Harley Brown, Burt Silverman, Steve Hanks, Norman Rockwell, and
Edward Curtis are a few that I look to for advice.”
Israel began painting full time in 2010 and taught painting, drawing, and 2-D design courses at
Colorado Northwestern Community College from 2012 – 2017. Israel takes thousands of pictures at
horse drives, rodeos, on back roads and ranches that inspire his life-like paintings. Israel and his family
live in the Yampa Valley sharing the same back country as Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid, Ann
Bassett, and the Wild Bunch.
Most of my figurative work explores honesty, resilience, patience, humility, and certainly
beauty because those are attributes I would like to see in myself and humanity as a whole. I prefer
themes that express our current world and share the western spirit.
Education: Self educated.
Awards & Honors: 2012 Clyde Heron Award from the American Plains Artists at the Museum of the
Southwest, chosen by juror/artist John Coleman (Cowboy Artists of America) – 2013 Jack Richeson
and Co. Award from the National Watercolor Society, San Pedro, California, also chosen for the 2014
Traveling Exhibition 2013 Mission Gold Award and 2014 Peoples Choice Award from the 45th and
46th Annual Watercolor West International Juried Exhibitions, Brea, California 2015 Golden Spur
Award (Artists Choice Award), and Artists Retreat Award from the American Plains Artists 30th Annual
Juried Exhibit, Great Plains Art Museum, Lincoln, Nebraska 2016 First Place Purchase Award,
Mountain Art Show, CNCC, Craig, Colorado – Chosen for the covers of the 2014 and 2015 Colorado
State High School Rodeo Association Finals.
Selected Publications: Southwest Art Oct. 2020
Selected Collections: Museum of Northwest Colorado permanent collection, Colorado Northwestern
Community College permanent collection, Craig Barrett collection.
Selected Exhibitions: The Russell Auction to benefit the C.M. Russell Museum, Coors Western Art
Exhibit and Sale, Mountain Oyster Club, National Watercolor Society, Watercolor West, Worlds
Largest Watercolor permanent exhibition at the Museum of Northwest Colorado.
Representation: Jace Romick Gallery, Steamboat Springs CO, Lovetts Gallery, Tulsa OK,