I am a story teller. I like to tell stories with paint and brush. Some of my stories are about the history of the natural world, carefully researched and based on historical fact.
Recently I’ve decided I can also tell stories with my portrait commissions. Imagine
your child portrayed in their own make-
Come visit my world as I take you back through time to see the natural world of long ago or into the fantasy world of a young child’s mind.
I have many wonderful and colorful stories to tell!
Here’s a link to a Cincinnati Enquirer article about my Village of Mariemont 17th Century project!
Imagine billions, yes billions, of migrating passenger pigeons so numerous they could
eclipse the sun for three days as they passed overhead. Parakeets with brilliantly
colored plumage contrasted against the pure, white snow of the forest. Imagine centuries-
This is what the first European settlers saw and experienced as they traveled west
through the Appalachian Mountains and beyond. But a little known fact is that this
vast wilderness was not a wilderness at all. Those same Eastern Woodland Indians
had been altering their environment for centuries to create more sources of food.
They did this by burning or girdling some forest trees to kill them and re-
Choctawhatchee Wetland, Florida ancient home of the proud Creek Nation
All images and artworks represented on this site are copyrighted by Mary Louise Holt and are not to be reproduced without written permission by the artist.
Andy's Dream 24" x 36" oil
Presenting: Make Believe Childhood Portraits
Imagine your child portrayed in their own make-
For more information about commissioning a portrait, contact Mary Louise Holt.
“Where the Lilies Cry”, a book of historical fact/fiction about the Shawnee of the Ohio Valley includes the paintings titled “They Loved Their Children Too” and “First Signs of Spring” on the front and back covers!