Texas Artist, Courtney Leigh Holder
“A born and natural painter, gifted and assured, Ms Leigh Holder celebrates life and the people she loves in these expressive and vibrant paintings, in still life studies, figurative, and landscapes as well, the artist embraces it all, with a determined energy, and enthusiasm...a terrific and admirable approach to life...and art.” - Doug Blagg
Austin native, I am a contemporary Texas painter whose local original paintings and unique retro-vibe archival prints explore the cool and unusual places to see and things to do in Texas, including Austin favorites like Barton Springs, foodie hotspots, Gruene Hall and floating the river in the Texas Hill Country. Born and raised in Austin, I have spent my life traveling and painting Texas with the hope that my art connects others with nostalgic beauty. Handmade in Texas with affordable prices, my original paintings and colorful fine art prints have a variety of sizes for all those nature lovers, foodies and beauty seekers who call Texas home.
Thank you for collecting my work as I explore mystery, nature and human connection through my paintings, mostly in Texas with occasional ramblings to other beautiful places. Austin Native. 5th Generation Texan. Artist Mom. Woman owned Business. Local Art for beauty seekers. Made in Texas. Commissions welcome. Please email me [at] courtneyholder.com
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C Leigh Holder
Courtney Leigh Holder, contemporary Texas artist exploring nature, mystery + human connection.
ATX | DFW | New Braunfels | SA | West TX
Canvas Rebel Magazine
Meet the Artist: Courtney Leigh Holder
We caught up with the brilliant and insightful Courtney Leigh Holder a few weeks ago and have shared our conversation below. To read the full artist interview, click here.
My Original Oil & Gouache Paintings
Mostly self-taught, I began oil painting when I was 9-years-old and haven’t stopped. I love placing my original artwork in common spaces, restaurants, boutique hotels, vacation destinations, creative workspaces, homes and other places people love spending their time, connecting to others and looking at things of beauty. I hope my original oil and gouache paints will forge a connection between local, everyday people and places and things of beauty around Texas. I also love locally collaborating with other Texas creatives to make beautiful paintings. For example, currently my still life oil painting inspired by Lenoir, and its Texas farm-to-market food, is on display inside this Austin foodie favorite restaurant.
Art For Wanderers, Adventures & Beauty Seekers
Texas Landscape Paintings
Created in honor of the native beauty around Texas, my Texas landscape paintings are for wanderers, adventures and fellow beauty seekers around Texas. I have spent my life wandering to Far West Texas, tubing Texas river, like the Comal and Gaudalupe Rivers, swimming at Barton Springs Pool, and camping at state and national parks, like Big Bend & Garner State Park. These Texas travels inspire my landscape paintings.
For Whiskey Lovers & Foodies
Still Life Paintings
For all those whiskey lovers and collectors, my still life painting collection includes a whiskey series, including some of the very best whiskey, like Blantons and Willet Bourbon, that also happens to be in lovely and unique glassware. Also more food still life oil paintings coming soon for the foodies out there...
Fine Art Is for Everyone
Fine Art Archival Prints
Fine art is for everyone, and I offer hand-signed, high-quality fine art prints to meet the budget needs of everyday people. My archival prints use high quality materials including pigment based inks and archival papers. Each print is signed on the front. Printed on professional quality fine art acid free paper. Best sellers include my 30 x 40 limited-edition prints, where each print is unique, numbered and hand-signed. Only 100-300 will ever be printed in that size depending on the set run for that print.
Mystery, Nature & Human Connection
A symbolic painter, often nature and things in my paintings symbolize ideas connected to things you can not see. Mystery and nostalgia, and their connection to memory and the human experience are common themes in my work. “Sehnsucht,” is a German word that resonates with me -- it means an intense yearning we feel especially for the unfinished parts of our life. Often when I paint night lights, or blue flowers, these are all symbols for this word “Sehnsucht.”
Canvas Rebel "Meet the Artist: Courtney Leigh Holder," May 2022
Glasstire, "37th Annual Texas & Neighbors Regional Art Exhibition," May 2022
Artsgoggle, "Guide. Block 5. Courtney Holder Art," Fort Worth, Texas, April 2022
Irving Arts Association, "2022 Texas & Neighbors Update," Irving, Texas, March 2022.
Irving Art Center Gallery Spotlight Video, "Gallery Spotlight - Artist Courtney Holder, 36th Texas & Neighbors Regional Art Exhibition," Irving, Texas. May 2021
Artspace 111, "Courtney Holder: Flannery's View of the Wood," Fort Worth, Texas. May 2020.
Austin Article: "Featured Artist: Courtney Holder," Austin, Texas. March 2016
Awards + Juried Shows
Austin Studio Tours, The Commune, Austin Texas.
37th Texas & Neighbors Regional Art Exhibition May 14 - June 11 Gallery at Irving Art Center, 3333 N. MacArthur, Irving, Texas
“Texas Now,” Artspace 111, Fort Worth, Texas. 3 paintings included in this show.
3rd Place, “36th Annual Texas & Neighbors Art Exhibit,” juried by Andrea Karnes, Senior Curator at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Irving Arts Center, Texas.
1st Place, "Anything Goes" Juried Show, New Braunfels Art League, New Braunfels, Texas.
Annual Fredericksburg Art Guild Juried Show, Fredericksburg, Texas.
East Austin Studio Tour (E.A.S.T), Pump Project Art Complex, Austin, Texas.
SVA Group Show, Flatiron Gallery, New York City, New York.
One of my favorite parts of owning a business is the opportunity to meet and work with other passionate small business owners. If you are live near any of my retail partners, visit
Lenoir, 1807 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
Broad Shop, 1023 Springdale Rd #6d, Austin, TX 78721
The Local, 146 N Castell Ave, New Braunfels, TX 78130
Cotton Eyed Joe's, 1608 Hunter Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78130
Martindale River Cafe and Mercantile, 415 Main St, Martindale, TX 78655
Mudleaf Coffee, 3100 Independence Pkwy #300, Plano, TX 75075
More Coming Soon...
If you are a retailer interested in carrying my products, please visit the Contact page for the current line sheet or email courtney [at] courtneyholder [dot] com to inquire a line sheet.
Mostly Self Taught
I started oil painting when I was 9 years old. I’m mostly self taught, but I have participated in 3 short workshops with the following artists, figurative artist Jennifer Balkan, Georgetown, Texas (2015), landscape artist T. Allen Lawson, Fredricksburg, Texas (2010), and landscape artist George Strickland, Whidbey Island, Washington (2007). I also attended SVA (NYC) in 1998 for the year and had the pleasure to study under Jim McMullan in a figure drawing class however this is the only class at SVA I feel had any future influence on my work as most of the instruction related to other fields outside of painting, especially the realism style of painting.
University of Texas, Austin, Texas, Masters in Journalism. Awarded Mary Susan Lewis Scholarship.
School of Visual Arts, New York City, New York, Illustration. Studied under Jim McMullan (1998). Awarded Silas H. Rhodes Scholarship.