Artist returns to Claremore to create custom piece for downtown merchant

Claremore native Caroline Holland said God gave her the skill she needed, in the moment she needed it when she began painting cranial helmets for her daughter.

The technicolor masterpiece on the window of main street's Wildflour Baking Co., is the latest work by artist Caroline Holland. The colorful, creative, commissioned piece represents a long journey for Holland, a Claremore native.

"I am a staff accountant turned stay-at-home mom who found her true passion while playing with paint. I started painting cranial helmets after my youngest daughter was diagnosed with Plagiocephaly and required a cranial helmet to fix her skull shape," she said, adding that she launched her own business, Oakridge Design Co. focusing on commissioned, one of a kind work.

"I started painting a little over two years ago when my daughter Lily got a cranial band to fix her head shape. I have now painted over 350 helmets and it just keeps growing into different areas of art. I had people start asking for murals, shoes to be painted, pet portraits, and other commissioned work. I have absolutely fallen in love with painting and love to give back as much as possible! I paint the helmets for free and I have even gotten to paint a mural for Make-A-Wish."

Before trying her hand on the cranial helmets, Holland had no idea there was an artist inside her.

Artist returns to Claremore to create custom piece for downtown merchant

Caroline Holland was commissioned to create a unique mural on the window of Wildflour Baking Co. on Claremore Main Street.

"I have never been artistic (that I knew of) until my daughter got her cranial helmet. I painted hers, and lots of people started asking me to paint theirs. So I told him I would try and it turns out that God gave me the ability right when I needed it and it has just continued to grow from there. It has been so weird and awesome to watch a talent emerge that I had no idea that I possessed," she said.

Her work this week left Wildflour owners raving: "Oakridge Design Co. made this beautiful mural on our window today and we hope you’re in love with it as much as we are!"

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