12 koi in Maine

12 Koi – oil on panel- 24 inches square

When I first posted this on social media a few years ago,

it was an instant hit.

I think people saw the joy I had while painting it.

Playlul – colorful – energetic.

Now it has landed on the wall of my good friend in Brunswick.

We recently re-connected after meeting during our college years at

Skidmore fifty years ago. (OMG)

(neither of us can recall how we met since she’s

a class behind mine, we lived in different dorms and had different majors) .

We could kick ourselves for waiting so long!

It’s such a treat when dear friends also become collectors 🙂

#lindaholt #koipaintings#oilpaintings#koi

koi with waterfall 9

Koi with Waterfall 9
40×30 inches
oil on canvas

This was a lovely surprise amid the Covid-19 virus swirling about.

The Beth Urdang Gallery in Boston just sold this painting.

Currently en route to its new home in California.

The client had visited Beth’s gallery in January.

Perhaps sheltering in place has made some of those bare walls



5 Koi 20

having fun with some new koi

one of the biggest challenges is editing the photographs for this blog.I seem

to have to choose between accurate red-orange-yellow warmth

over blue-green cooler colors.

Difficult choice at best.

It’s worse when I shoot the paintings in the studio as in the case with this


24×24 oil on canvas

this looks nothing like the actual painting!

The actual colors are sensuous orange and vermilions and subtle


But, this is the best I can do for now. 🙁

Portrait of Rip

Rip – oil on panel – 8×10 inches


Such a cutie pie!

My niece commissioned me to paint this sweet pup from photos she sent me

last December. She and her family had spent an amazing Thanksgiving at

her friend’s gorgeous farm in North Carolina . To thank him for his

generosity, she wanted to give him something special – Always a challenge

for someone who has everything. Enter me. I did the same for a family

who were our gracious hosts for Christmas dinner and vacation in Hong

Kong two years ago.

new business cards


These cards were in the works just before my travels in December.

Love ’em.

With a raised red signature, glossy, just as it appears on my paintings.

Five separate images on the back for variety and fun.

A mini portfolio.

Thank you MOO for your wonderful 40% off sale!

mostly yellow abstraction

Mostly Yellow 30×30 ins oil on canvas
omg, this image was soooo difficult to photograph. either I got the yellows or the oranges never both at the same time. The yellow is lighter and more vibrant than depicted here. A reminder of the extraordinary color range of oil paint over photography. This painting was inspired by the dreary gray weather we’ve had for several days here in Boston. Enough! Enter bright sunshiny color 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving!

abstractions on Nantucket

Medium Abstract Red Orange
Medium Abstract Turquoise Orange
Medium Abstract Commission

These three paintings just landed in a new home on Nantucket.

They hang vertically in this order I think (haven’t seen installation shot)

Each is 12 by 12 inches oil on canvas.

The bottom one was not the original I had designed for the series.

She commissioned me to prepare the third with colors she preferred.

Here is the original one created for the series:

Medium Abstract Burgundy Blue

blue orange abstraction

“Blue Orange Abstraction “

oil on canvas

36 inches square

One of many paintings currently underway.

It’s always interesting and fun to see what happens

when an 8×8 inch version is ‘blown up’ ….

to alter the sense of scale.

This one was a particular challenge –

hope that struggle is not evident in the finished image. (;

For me, painting is all about maintaining the integrity, freshness

of the process along with the sensuality of oil paint itself.