Artist in Residence

Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Time: 10:00AM - 4:00PM


Location: Arbor Terrace

For eight weeks, Thursday - Saturday, Artist in Residence Libby Holland will immerse herself in the Garden’s native plantings for an exploration of “blooming where you’re planted” with her collection “Grow Wild.” 

Libby’s recent work celebrates all that grows and blossoms, focusing on the allure and practicality of water wise plants. “A painting of something seemingly quite common can amplify its beauty, giving a fresh perspective to the viewer,” she says. “My pieces share a passion—for promoting native, drought-resistant plants, vital to the local ecology—with the Garden.” 

The Artist in Residence Program at the Garden offers an opportunity for visitors to engage meaningfully with the artist through a unique and intimate experience in nature. The “Grow Wild” collection created by Holland during her residency, comprised entirely of acrylic-on-canvas paintings of native, water wise plants, will be exhibited this fall, with a portion of the proceeds of the sales going to the Garden.

About Libby:

Born in Toronto, Canada, and currently based in Santa Barbara, California, self-taught artist Libby Holland conveys the joy and intimacy of local flora. Struck by the color, resiliency and architecture of plants, she sees their varied contours as sculptures created by nature.

Exploring painting from a young age and continuing throughout her formal education, Holland’s move to Santa Barbara spurred the development of her personal artistic language: a bright and empowered celebration of the welcoming landscape that surrounds her. 

A contemporary artist with a vibrant, bold style, her larger-than-life paintings of flowers and native plants have drawn comparisons to famed artist Georgia O’Keeffe. 

Libby’s eclectic art pieces—including paintings, wallpaper, textiles and furniture—are available to view and purchase through her website: