Olivia Holland is a professional ballet dancer, dance teacher and artist.
I first interviewed Olivia Holland in 2014, when she was a dancer with Northern Ballet. Blessed with some wonderful opportunities while dancing with the Company, she was more than happy to tell me about her life as a professional ballet dancer and share news about the success of her artwork.
Initially inspired to paint her experiences while she was a student on tour with Birmingham Royal Ballet, Olivia delighted her colleagues at Northern Ballet with paintings depicting them in their favourite roles. Encouraged by their enthusiasm, Olivia set up her own website to sell her existing work and also started to accept commissions.
In 2015, Olivia embarked on a brand new adventure and this justified a second interview. She is now living in New Zealand, teaching dance for various studios and still creating her uniquely painted watercolours of dancers.
Olivia’s artwork has been featured in Vogue and she is increasingly in demand to create bespoke pieces.
Having enjoyed working with Olivia to share her story, both as an artist and as a dancer-turned-teacher, I am privileged to have been included among the dancers Olivia has captured with her paintbrush.