Paula September 2018 head shotPAULA HOLTZCLAW

American, b. 1956

North Carolina artist, Paula Holtzclaw has gained a national reputation for her ability to capture the drama of nature on canvas. Light-filled paintings of pristine, undeveloped landscapes are executed with a unique blend of classical realism and impressionism, while her still life paintings demonstrate a love of the Old Masters’ works.  Her artistic path was influenced at an early age by her two Grandmothers, both of whom were artists.  

Holtzclaw’s paintings have been included in many National Juried Exhibitions.  Museum venues include the Haggin Museum, Gilcrease Museum, Booth Western Art Museum, Muscarelle Museum of Art, the Tucson Desert Museum, and the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum.  She has been the recipient of notable awards including the F & M Bank Purchase Award American Women Artists National 2018, "First Place" Nautical Show at Salmagundi Art Club, NY 2017, “Best Landscape” National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society 2016, "Best in Show" Women Painters of the Southeast Exhibition 2015, "Gold Medal Award" American Women Artists 2013, and American Art Collector's Magazine “Award of Excellence". Holtzclaw was featured in Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, January/February 2019, and in Art of the West Magazine March/April 2019.  She was selected as one of Southwest Art Magazine’s "21 over 31" Artists, (November 2010) and also by Southwest Art Magazine as one to collect, July 2009.  She holds Signature Memberships in the Oil Painters of America, The American Society of Marine Artists, The American Impressionist Society, and The National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society. Holtzclaw is a Master Member of American Women Artists and is an artist member of the Salmagundi Club in New York, and of PAP-SE (Plein Air Painters of the Southeast).

Holtzclaw and her husband reside in the small community of Waxhaw, just south of Charlotte.


"Whether painting plein air or in my studio, I strive to convey the sensation of light and emotion, as well as the sounds, smells and serenity of the moment. I choose to paint what is beautiful and meaningful, knowing that this act of celebrating and communicating the beauty of this world has the power to uplift and inspire."

                                                                                                                                                      - Paula Holtzclaw