Here's a little about Holly:
Holly Catherine Friesen grew up surrounded by Kansas relatives who were musicians, artists, authors, and storytellers, so naturally, she loves to sing, draw and write. Ms. Holly earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Graphic Design and later Elementary Education from Kansas State University. She is a trained puppeteer, singer/songwriter, watercolorist, loves to draw especially with watercolor pencils. She created lessons for her class she calls “The Joy of Drawing from Real Life and Pictures”. Since 1994, she has been teaching children and adults to draw, paint, use pastel, and make original pop-up cards with paper cuts outs and designs to give away.
She has always wanted to be an illustrator, a children’s book writer, and publish her poems and stories. This year, her dreams are coming true. Her first self-published children’s book, with over 100 of her illustrations, along with students’ artwork from her Joy of Drawing Classes, Janey Olsen, Famous Artist of the Beach, has sold close to 100 copies the first month. It showcases her method for teaching drawing in the location of the Atlantic Ocean on the Outer Banks of North Carolina through the eyes of 10-year-old Janey, who wants to hang her pictures in the family booth and become famous.
An upcoming book in production is called Five True Rusty Stories, taken from her husband’s memories of the beagle he grew up in Tampa Florida. Includes: Rusty and the Pancakes, Rusty and the Cheese, Rusty and the Bones, Rusty and the Postman, and Rusty and the Cat. Other poems, skits, and songs are in the line for release as funds are made available. A few past awards: At age sixteen, her poem The Looking Glass-about a cat who sees “The Other” in the mirror was published in the Young Kansas Writers. Her short biography called Lestle Wilber Newcomer, the Kansas Man, won the Jesse Perry Stratford Award for Excellence in Historical Writing, presented by the Butler County Historical Society(1988).
She has three grown daughters, five lively grandchildren and lives in the “Art House” in Kansas with her Russian Blue cat named Prussia. To see more of Ms. Holly’s watercolor cards, prints, and children’s books, order current books from her website, go to HCFriesen.com.