Chilly River, a painting by Holli Harmon (2018). (Holli Harmon)
Holli Harmon with her painting Pacific Disposition (2020), oil on silver leaf on panel.

Holli Harmon with her painting Pacific Disposition (2020), oil on silver leaf on panel. (Holli Harmon)

Artist Holli Harmon will join the Wildling Museum of Art and Nature for the next installment of the museum’s digital presentation series, 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19 via Zoom.

Harmon previously exhibited at the Wildling Museum as part of The River’s Journey in 2018. On July 31, she opened a new exhibit at Santa Barbara’s Sullivan Goss Gallery featuring her most recent body of work called Califia, referencing the mythical female warrior who became the state of California’s namesake.

Those participating in Harmon’s presentation will learn about her artistic process, along with an up-close look at her different techniques, including monoprinting, oil painting, and mixed media.

Layers of regional flora, fauna and culture make their way throughout Harmon’s work as she explores California landscapes and subject matter, often using the female figure as a storyteller through her vivid compositions.

“My work revolves around human experiences that are connection points between different cultures and generations set in iconic California imagery,” said Harmon, who lives in Santa Barbara. “My paintings are material records of these places and people.”

To register for the event, visit Admission is free, however donations to support the Wildling Museum’s digital programming efforts are appreciated. Donations may be made at

The live event is limited to the first 100 registrants, but a recording of the presentation will be available afterward. Email or call 805-686-8315 with any questions.

Califia is on view at Sullivan Goss Gallery through Sept. 21. Learn more at and

Harmon earned her master’s degree from San Diego State University. She has attended Santa Barbara City College for life drawing and printmaking classes as well as the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts and Sedona Arts Center in Sedona, Arizona.

In 2016, she had a major exhibition of portraiture at the Elverhøj Museum in Solvang, and in 2017, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History acquired one of her works.

Harmon joined artists Nicole Strasburg, Connie Connally, Nina Warner, Libby Smith and Pamela Zwehl-Burke to create The River’s Journey project documenting the Santa Ynez watershed in 2018 at the Wildling Museum, Sullivan Goss Gallery, the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, and Santa Barbara City Hall.

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