Born in Winchester, Kentucky, Holly has always felt she was an artist. She started painting professionally in 1974 and currently works regularly in her own studio/gallery, located in a historic carriage house that once belonged to her great-grandfather.
Holly works primarily with watercolors, but also uses pastels, pencils, inks and sometimes incorporated collage techniques into her paintings. In April of 1989 fifty of her paintings were exhibited in a one woman show at the National Gallery in Quito, Ecuador. She has had exhibits in Kentucky, Georgia, and Ohio as well. Her original works and prints have been purchased throughout the United States as well as internationally.