About the Artist: Holly Irish
Holly Irish and her best friend, Maggie May
WSU News Story on the Holly Irish Exhibit
Evergreen News Story
Dean Slinker's blog
Holly Irish is a member of the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine's class of
2012. She spent her undergraduate years at WSU as well, graduating in 2008 with
a Bachelor of Science in Zoology with a minor in Chemistry.
Holly grew up surrounded by the otherworldly beauty of the Pacific Northwest in
Sequim, Washington. It took some time for her appreciation of the rolling hills
and endless skies of the Palouse to grow, but she now finds it equally as
gorgeous as the moss-hung forests of home. It was actually the beauty of Palouse
skies that nudged her into making photography her own. She started with
capturing fleeting moments in nature that she didn't think others should miss,
and that evolved into using photography as a way to show the world how she sees
The current exhibit was born of Holly's fascination with the bond between people
and animals, and all of the different ways it can be expressed. She set out to
capture relationships in her camera lens and was lucky enough to find a place to
display them. She found while doing shoots for this project that the best
photos always seemed to come when she could engage people in conversation about
their pet. A simple "So how did you end up with him?" or "What's your favorite
thing to do together?" always brought out the bond between owner and animal in a
very visible way.
When she's not in school or immersed in the quest for a great photograph, Holly
enjoys walks in the woods, time with her pets, time with family and friends,
music, and art.
Most of the photos displayed were taken with a Canon EOS Rebel T1i.