Holly Mathews moved to San Francisco in 2007 to study at Academy of Art University and graduated with a BFA in 2011. As a student at the Academy, she received the Study Abroad Scholarship, which offered her the opportunity to study abroad in Italy. Matthews was awarded the First Place and Third Place awards in still life, as well as the Faculty Choice award at the 2012 Annual Spring Show. Mathews is a versatile, emerging artist working in both the realism and abstract genres. She is an artist who works in traditional oil and experimental encaustic techniques. Mathews is currently teaching at Academy of Art University.