art, watercolor paintings, prints by Holly Ward Bimba

Upperville, Virginia · 2797 Sales


art, watercolor paintings, prints by Holly Ward Bimba

Upperville, Virginia 2797 Sales On Etsy since 2008

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Note from shop owner Hello and thanks for stopping by! I'm away from my studio. My shop will re-open May 26th!

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Last updated on May 20, 2017

Hello and thanks for stopping by! I'm away from my studio. My shop will re-open May 26th!


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'Birds in Repose' - for the avian enthusiast, naturalist, collector. Birds with garlands of marigolds. Just added two new large watercolor painting to my shop!

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Spring is in the air! An illustration I did for the March issue of Better Homes & Gardens. Get the look with my Bee & Butterfly Garden prints.
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Do What You Love

I have always been an artist as far as I can remember and I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit. I really cannot remember a time when art was not a part of my life in some way. I think you must do what you love.

My work has gone through many visual transformations over the years and continues to evolve and change. I'm a bit of a hummingbird when it comes to image making and I am always brimming with new ideas. If only my hands could work faster! Certain things have remained constant: my obsession with patterns and the cycle of life. Looking back, there have been little seeds planted along the way that influenced the art I make today. Here are just a few:

My very first recollection is that I took a class called insect study in third grade. My teacher wore a bracelet made of amber which had a mosquito perfectly preserved inside of it. I think that was the start of my fascination with bugs, insects and the natural world along with frequent trips to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

I studied fashion illustration and life drawing at the Fashion Institute of Technology as part of their Saturday Live, pre-college program. I loved my weekend jaunts in the city, however my high school art teacher in her quiet, subtle way, made a great impression on me too. She was a traditional watercolor painter who always worked along with us. I can remember simply enjoying watching her paint. She really taught me to work with watercolor and I have loved the medium ever since.

I received my BFA from Syracuse University, where I studied the fine art of printmaking, papermaking, and book arts. Half alchemy and half art, I loved the repetition of process art and that has certainly remained with me, though I don't do as much printmaking these days. My studies included trips to the local zoological garden, SUNY Forestry School's taxidermy collection and Crouse Medical College, to study animal and human forms in life and in death. A summer abroad in Italy was a marvelous experience that fused together my love of the romantic, religious and scientific elements of art and nature.

My work is somewhat like a cabinet of curiosities. I'm influenced by color, the seasons, people, books, miniatures of the mughal court, fashion, and natural history. Living in the Virginia countryside is slow living and it affords time explore and entertain whims…..I take long walks through woods and fields, observe the tiny details in nature, read countless novels, the poetry of Emily Dickinson, Psalms, biographies, art monographs and peculiar books like, The Hummingbird Cabinet and Stuffed Animal and Pickled Heads. Needless to say, It all jumbles together to shape my quirky imagery.

I hope you enjoy my collection of work. I am grateful for the opportunity to share it with you!

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blog: www.gollybard.blogspot.com
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instagram: @gollybard

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  • Holly Ward Bimba

    Owner, Artist

    Golly Bard is a nonsense nickname given to me by my family. I'm just a girl, with a slightly curious style, who is happiest with a brush in hand. I live in Upperville, Virginia with my husband, Chuck and two dogs, Ladybird and Cowboy.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 14, 2016
Welcome to Golly Bard! I appreciate the opportunity to share my work with you.

My paintings are original watercolors. Each one is unique and one of a kind. They are painted on both hot and cold pressed watercolor paper. Hot pressed paper has a smooth finish, while cold pressed paper has a textured finish. Original watercolor paintings can be slightly cockled, a common characteristic of the medium, this is from wetting the paper with paint and water. In most cases the paintings dry flat. All of my paintings are titled, signed and dated in pencil on verso and initialed on the front.

All of my prints are archival, digital reproductions (also known as giclee prints) of my watercolor paintings. They are carefully reproduced to capture the essence of the original watercolor painting and are printed with archival ink on 100% cotton rag paper. All of my reproduction prints are open edition and are available in the size indicated. Each print bears my signature Golly Bard Editions chop mark.

All work on paper is quite fragile. Care for your new art by choosing an acid free or archival matt material, frame with UV protection and most importantly, hang art away from direct sunlight and moisture.

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Golly Bard accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, PayPal and Etsy gift cards.

A 5.3% sales tax will be charged to your order total including shipping and handling.

The purchase value of your order will be declared on customs forms. Your order may be subject to customs fees, taxes or tariffs by your home country. Payment is the responsibility of the buyer. Packages that are not accompanied by a proper U.S. Customs declaration form and an invoice may be subject to seizure, forfeiture or return to sender. It is unlawful to mark packages as a gift or declare a lesser value. Please take this into consideration when placing your order with Golly Bard.
Orders ship within 2 business days. Weekends and US federal holidays excluded. I will notify you if there are any delays. Orders will ship via United Stated Postal Service (USPS) - from the state of Virginia in the USA. Shipping charges include postage and handling fee.

Artwork will ship priority mail with delivery confirmation.
Estimated delivery time 5-7 business days*

Small prints and painting will ship first class international mail. Large paintings will ship priority international. Estimated delivery time 2-4 weeks*.

*This is an estimate only and will vary by destination, time of year and customs.

Express Mail may be purchased for an additional charge.
Refunds and Exchanges
I love my work and hope that you do too. If for any reason you are not satisfied, kindly return your order within thirty days and Golly Bard will issue a refund promptly.

If your package is damaged or lost Golly Bard will issue a refund or offer a replacement piece if possible.

A refund includes the price of the art and outbound shipping charges.

Please contact Golly Bard by "conversation" or email as soon as possible so that your concerns may be addressed in a timely manner. I want you to be happy with your purchase and enjoy my work!

Golly Bard
Post Office Box 337
Upperville, Virginia 20185
contact: gollybard [!at] yahoo.com
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Holly Ward Bimba retains all copyrights on images.
Copyrights are not transferable with sale.