Get to Know Your Next Art Instructor: Michael Holter - Creative Catalyst Productions

Get to Know Your Next Art Instructor: Michael Holter

September 20, 2018 2 min read

Michael Holter is a Texas watercolor artist. Sign up to be notified of his first video with Creative Catalyst Productions, here.

Watercolorist Michael Holter was not a child who grew up surrounded by art. In fact, he didn’t attend his first art class until college when an architecture program made him take a drawing class.

One art class quickly became two and then four, and soon enough Michael changed his degree and never looked back.


Michael’s professional life has always kept him with one foot in the creative world. He taught art in public schools. Teaching art not only gave him an avenue to learn about different art forms but also tools and techniques for his own painting. He took advantage of his Minnesota summers and painted watercolor landscapes during school breaks.

After almost a decade teaching, Michael went back to school himself and earned his Master’s Degree in Visual Communication. He’d spend the next two decades running various creative teams including his own shop.


A job took him to Texas and art took a back seat while Michael worked and raised a family with his wife Cyndy.

While Michael continued painting and drawing, it wasn’t until 2011, when he decided he was ready to step fully into painting as a new career. He found his time teaching art in public schools, translated to adults ready to improve their own art.

Since 2011, Michael’s career has thrived. He is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, The Outdoor Painter Society, the Southwestern Watercolor Society and The Society of Watercolor Artists. He is also a member of the American Watercolor Society, the Portrait Society of America and the American Impressionist Society.


Michael says, "I think of my work as impressionistic. I like to represent people or places and allow the painting to evolve from the structure of what is recognizable. The challenge is to balance the care needed to make the representation interesting? and perhaps believable, with the freedom, looseness and painterly quality that makes painting so unique and expressive."

Michael continues teaching across the country and has filmed his first landscape watercolor demonstration video with Creative Catalyst Productions. 7 Step Watercolor Landscapes releases this fall. Sign up here for the presale notification list.

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