Bootsy Holler is an intuitive artist who has been a working photographer for over 25 years in music, editorial, and advertising. Best known for her remarkably sensitive style of portraiture she has been noticed and awarded by the Society of Photographic Journalism. She received her BA in art/textiles from Western Washington University, Bellingham. After graduating she left for New York City to worked under advertising photographer Martin Mistretta, when she returned to her beloved Seattle she built up her freelancing business as a Director, Producer and Photographer for 15 years before moving to Los Angeles to focus on fine art.
She has exhibited in 17 solo shows and over 30 group exhibitions at institutions such as, The Center for Fine Art Photography in CO., New Orleans Photo Alliance, LA., WallSpace Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA., Benham Gallery, Seattle, WA., The New Space Photo Center in Portland, OR., Kiernan Gallery, VA., Photo Center Northwest, Seattle, WA., and Fotofever, Paris, France. Her fine art has been featured in online publications including PDN, NPR, Lenscratch, Rangefinder, Apartment Therapy and Fraction Magazine along with images in print; Seattle Weekly, The Stranger, Santa Barbara News-Press, Independent Santa Barbara, and Real Simple Magazines.
Most Recently in early 2019, Bootsy had a fine art book published, she was awarded 2nd place by Catherine Couturier in a Juried show at Los Angeles Center of Photography in 2018. In 2011 she was selected for the Critical Mass Top 50 for her Visitor series. She has been commissioned by commercial companies to create art for creative advertising spaces and has permanent work in The Grammy Museum along with fine art in private collections throughout the United States.
Holler’s work is self realized as she searches through her own emotions, family, and the secretive place she comes from to build her fine art. She considers all her work to be portraiture, an object, plant or person. She has learned how to capture the essence and spirit and communicate the intangible through her art embruing emotion and story to the viewer.
Most of all I want to show viewers the beauty in people and things they might otherwise ignore. In that sense, all my work is portraiture -- an image that captures the essential personality of the subject. That happens when I make a personal connection to an environment, object, or person. I take pictures of what moves me and hope the audience can feel this in my work. It can also be a projection of how I want people to see me, an ideal idea of myself.
My ideas come about organically, created through my subconscious, usually from a vision based on personal experience that trigger a full blown project. I feel like the best art happens when you're not thinking about "why" -- just doing, playing and experimenting. I am often guided by instinct and when I plan or prepare for a shoot I find it necessary to let go to truly create.