Michaela Hollyfield: Time and Tide

Michaela Hollyfield currently lives in Fishguard, Pembrokeshire, West Wales.


She graduated from Norwich School of Art and Design in 1997 with a BA Hons in Fine Art Painting.


After a period of time carving out life experiences; travelling and living abroad, having children, she applied for the MA in Fine Art at Aberystwyth University in 2013. She completed the MA in 2016 and graduated in July 2017.


Michaela now exhibits online with New Blood Art and has also been in several shows and galleries in the county and beyond. She completed a residency at Oriel y parc in 2019 resulting in her first solo show there the following year.


‘Within many of my paintings, the way in which I paint represents a journey. I approach most of my canvases in an arbitrary way, staining them with thin washes of oils and making marks as I feel inclined. After this rush of freedom and expression, of gesture and mark-making, I then take some time to look at what the painting is doing, and how to respond to the visual conversation I have started. I have used several motifs in my work; such as the forest, the fox, the boat, the Lookout building at Strumble Head, St Non’s Chapel and the story of St Non.


This exhibition will be a coming together of several of these bodies of work and my newest work. During the pandemic, I was drawn to working more representationally. The ambiguity and uncertainty of life during the pandemic led me to want to hold on more to form and representation.


I found myself returning to nature, observing the changing skies, and finding solace in form, wanting to celebrate the security of nature and landscape once more. You will see this reflected in some of the work exhibited here along with a renewed embracing of the abstract once more, as our lives have become akin to what they once were.’



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