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Mary Louise Holt

Mary Louise Holt has a diverse background in many areas of art through 28 years of professional experience. She was an honors graduate from the College of Mount Saint Joseph with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She started her career as a graphic designer and illustrator. For many years she often worked as a courtroom artist for local and national television. Today, with extensive training in the academic tradition of fine portraiture, she continues to paint many portraits on commission for private collectors.


Using her skills in design and illustration she worked for many years as an exhibit designer for museums, zoos, nature centers or other scientific institutions involved in environmental education or natural history. Her exhibits often included illustrations or murals depicting subjects from nature. Her exhibits have been displayed throughout the United States and abroad.


Mary Louise Holt has always had a passion for natural history.  Today she often combines her skills as a wildlife, landscape and figurative painter to create compelling images of the Eastern American frontier as it existed before  European settlement. Through her art she brings to life on canvas the Native Americans and the wilderness that sustained them.


She is a member of the Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America, Susan K. Black Foundation 2004 scholarship recipient and signature member of the Artists for Conservation. She is also a founding member and first director of Masterworks for Nature and served on the honorary advisory board of the Lloyd Library Museum. Her artwork has been exhibited in national and international art competitions. Her work has also been on exhibit at several prestigious museums including the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History and Science, Fort Ancient Memorial Museum, Lloyd Library Museum, The Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, The Audubon Museum, The Betty Jane Admussen Museum of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe and The Charles Darwin Museum in Down, England.


Tékenink a Delaware Indian word meaning, ‘in the woods’. It is also the name of the artist’s studio.