Big Bend Arts Council
Supporting & promoting the arts in the Big Bend region.




Emory Holman


   I was born and raised in Alpine, Texas. We were a ranching family, and so I spent a good bit of my life in the country. I came to appreciate the beauty of Far West Texas at an early age.

   Although I earned my BA in Psychology, the majority of my professional career has been in the restaurant business, primarily baking. I delight in awing people with good things to eat! In 1995 while visiting the island of Eleuthera, in the Bahamas, I was hired to be a cook on a dive boat looking for sunken treasure near Cuba. No treasure was found but the fun and experience were priceless! I spent two years living and working in some of the most beautiful waters in the world. 

   I reside in Alpine now but still visit the Bahamas once or twice a year. While on island, I create art with beach trash which sells in a local gift shop. I am very fortunate to be influenced by two such beautiful and diverse surroundings. 

   These days I work primarily with paper collage. I am fascinated by the way torn and cut paper pieces can be used like paint and brushes. The magazine pages I use contain every color imaginable.


    I have been painting and drawing for several years. Some years ago I had the good fortune to meet and take art lessons from Deborah Allison. I had had some art training in school long ago, but Deborah tapped into a passion I had no idea was there! I have a long way to go and much to learn but that learning process is also a joy to me. I particularly like painting wild and domestic animals. Each has his own distinct character and expression--I like the challenge of capturing that individuality. Depending on the subject matter, I use watercolor or acrylic, and I also enjoy using a collage technique combined with painting.

  As with cooking and baking, I get pleasure from creating art; finishing a piece, standing back to see the results and saying “I did that!”