Holly has always been fascinated colour and line and its expression of the intersection of the beautiful and the ugly. Big skies, clouds, open expanses, landforms, nebulas, space, universe ... all physical locations. But as human beings, within these locations, we create a psychological space that can be explored or denied. For Holly, painting is an act of translation and transformation, combining the representational and non-objective elements, so that viewers’ responses shift their learned or assumptive responses. In the Universe Series, Holly questions what happens when one looks beyond fears and uncomfortable emotions to discover how to find beauty, and really see it, even where there is a pre-perception of its absence.