About the artist

About Holly Whiting

Holly applies shimmering metallic plaster to a master bedroom ceiling in Glastonbury

About the Artist

Connecticut Artist Holly Whiting works in acrylics, watercolors, pastels, and various mixed media. You can purchase both originals and prints here on the website. You can also arrange to commission an original work of art. To find out more about the artist, or to commission a piece in any size or medium, contact Holly.

You can view Holly’s CV here.

Artist’s statement:

My inspiration comes from the world around me. From the woods in the White Mountains to the shore birds of Connecticut, the colors and textures and patterns of nature have provided me with more material than I could paint in a lifetime.

In addition to traditional media, I often use some unexpected elements in my work. I’ve added mica to a fish or two to give it luminous scales. Gold leaf and metallic plaster give an abstract landscape another dimension.

My latest work utilizes oxidized metals. Reactive metal paints are transformed to create rust and patina. Rusted iron represents decay. Patinaed copper, corrosion. And yet, the result is somehow intensely alive. I love how these elements interact with images of the natural world.

More about the artist:

Holly is the owner of Artistic Finishes, a decorative painting company specializing in murals, exotic faux finishes, decorative plaster, and relief sculpture. Her “Brush with Art” events take you through all the steps to create an original painting, all while enjoying wine with friends.

Holly is a member of the international decorative artists’ summit called Salon. A recent Salon took place in Lecce, Italy, in May, 2015, where Holly exhibited and demonstrated alongside some of the world’s most talented decorative artists.

Locally, Holly has worked on many civic and community projects, including Yale University Art Gallery, Prospect House Women’s Shelter, United Way, Hamden High School, and the Beecher Museum School, among others.

Each April, Holly participates in the Leonardo Challenge, a benefit for the Eli Whitney Museum.

As owner of Artistic Finishes, Holly has been called on to personalize the Greenwich home of Judith (Judge Judy) Sheindlin, and to create custom finishes for the historic home of Maureen Walsh, owner  of the Pyrianos Collection of fine restored Steinway pianos. She has contributed to stage sets, such as 2009’s production of Ragtime at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and has provided expert restoration services, including gold leaf gilding, to churches and other institutions.

Stations of the Cross for Saint Catherine of Siena

Many of Holly’s paintings are available as prints, cards and other items on Fine Art America and at her Etsy shop.



Specializing in the age old art of home decoration, Artistic Finishes creates beautiful wall finishes, custom murals and trompe l’oeil, and custom cabinet finishing. We offer old world effects, modern glazes, textured finishes, faux stone, designer plasters, faux marble, and countless other finishes. Owner Holly Whiting accepts commissions for fine art of any size, including event painting.


Working from her studio in New Haven, Conn. Holly works with each client to develop unique artistic solutions for every project.


Holly sprays some cabinet doors at the studio.

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