Good morning McKinney!
Today I want to introduce you to Andrea Holmes, a gem in the McKinney artist community, and someone you have most definitely seen on your strolls around the downtown Square. Though born in Denver, Colorado, Andrea grew up not far from here, in Plano, and received a Bachelors in Arts and Technology from University of North Texas. Her initial plan to work for Pixar changed when she realized sitting behind a computer in a dark room waiting for things to render on the monitor wasn’t the creative path she had imagined.
It wasn’t until taking painting classes as an adult that she found her footing…”Something clicked. I was able to connect the picture in my mind with the brush in my hand,” and Andrea began participating in local art shows and festivals, and pushing herself to be even more. In July of 2015, Andrea accepted the challenge to create one painting a day for 30 days. When I asked how this was beneficial to her, she responded, “I was able to get out the ideas I was too timid to put on the big canvas. I could explore my fears.” This newfound bravery combined with the support she has received from the local artists’ community has made such a difference in her career. Creatives in McKinney are not cutthroat. They are each other’s biggest fans.
Andrea’s signature style is characterized by a common vintage theme, “I have a love for vintage objects, especially bright, candy-colored pieces from the 50s and 60s. They are works of art in their own right.” (I personally fell in love with one of Andrea’s vintage typewriter paintings years ago when we were downtown for an art festival, and I saw her work displayed on the sidewalk.)
You will find pieces from her bird series hanging on the walls at Patina Green. I enjoy the juxtaposition of these soft, lightweight creatures, often caught mid-flight, against the vintage pattern of scrapbook paper…did I forget to mention, Andrea doesn’t like painting backgrounds? You’ll find her subjects sit front and center, and rely on the space in which it hangs for a setting. Andrea’s artwork is also displayed at Filtered at Miss Henny Penny. Andrea takes custom commissions such as memorials and travel photos for clients as well.
If you missed visiting Andrea’s studio at MAST last weekend, definitely plan on visiting with her at the Holiday Art Bazaar at Tupp’s Brewery on Saturday, December 2.
The McKinney Creative Community Art Bazaar is a shopping event and party that will showcase the very best in handmade gifts, apparel, jewelry, home décor, accessories, art, pottery and more! Hand-picked artists, crafters and designers from near and far will all gather at the McKinney Creative Art Bazaar for pure shopping fun. This year’s Art Bazaar will be held at TUPPS, a microbrewery at The Cotton Mill in McKinney, Texas. TUPPS has a large indoor/outdoor covered event space, bar, holiday ornament and crafts station, games, food trucks and more. TUPPS will also have a Christmas Tree lighting at 6 PM during the Art Bazaar.
Keep Andrea in mind for Christmas gifts this fall! Forget ordering something plastic on Amazon and support our local artist community. You can reach Andrea by visiting her website
or email her at
Photo Credit: Valerie Frank