Holly was raised by her grandparents on Whidbey Island. They believed in rigorous music studies to combat the trauma of coming from parents with mental illness. Though she didn’t become a concert pianist, she has directed short movies, documentaries and now the web series, the Sounds of Freedom. She earned a B.A. in Film and Digital Media from the University of California, Santa Cruz and has studied fine art and digital media as far away as Italy and The Banff Centre in Alberta Canada.
At the age of 16, Holly was a key member in a successful Internet start up and went on to working for fine art and newspaper publishing companies and designing for advertising.
She was a member of Americorps for two years where she helped kids learn to read and taught digital photography in her local community.
Holly has worked in a darkroom developing crime scene photos, had a father with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the inspiration for Sounds of Freedom. She is also working on a documentary featuring her mother, mental illness, and herself called Music in My Head.
Holly resides on Whidbey Island in the same house she grew up in with her husband, two Golden Retrievers and rather psycho kitty. She enjoys kayaking, boating, playing piano, extreme sledding and off-roading adventures.
With new technologies, narrative is being deconstructed and its importance reduced to simple mathematical algorithms to make sense of a digitized world. Therefore, as “narrative animals,” humans endlessly click a mouse button to make sense out of the digitized world in their own way, or become computer programmers or multimedia authors, the creators of mathematical algorithms, to weave a narrative through the digitized media world. I as a media creator, struggle to develop new narrative in this click and skim internet culture.