Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Disney Silhouette Artist, Holly Harwood Rose passes away.

Disney Silhouette Artist, Holly Harwood Rose passes away.

Considered by many as one of the universe’s kindest people, and perhaps, highest evolved souls, former silhouette artist, Holly Harwood Skolkin passes peacefully. Holly, was the daughter of Doris and Earl Harwood, a fine artist, and attorney. Holly was always upbeat and precious, and very talented, in all arts. She is survived by her sister, Bonny Cotlar, an intellect and humanitarian, and Cindi Harwood Rose, an internationally acclaimed silhouette artist, who also worked for Disneyland and Disneyworld. Holly’s struggle with stage 4 cancer for over 15 years, inspired Holly, Cindi, and Cindi’s husband, Dr. Franklin Rose, a renowned plastic and reconstructive surgeon, to form The Rose Ribbon Foundation 501 ( c ) ( 3 ), a non-profit which provides free reconstruction to those uninsured and underinsured. Holly remarkably was able to help others throughout her cancer opportunity, giving blessings, and doing good deeds. She was also an accomplished photographer, who became a master at inner-eye photography and diagnosing disease. Some of her peers claim that Holly Harwood Skolkin was one of the first to detect AIDS in the eye, from photos she had taken. Her husband, Dr. Mark Skolkin, is a famed radiologist, who stood by her side throughout her long sickness. It was amazing how she would find pleasure in bringing food to those sick, when she was sick, or buying clothes for the poor, but not buying clothes for herself. More than 1,400 came to her funeral, and she was buried in 1 ½ days. She is survived by her beautiful children, Emory, who works in development at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital and Dayna, a nursing student at University of Texas in Austin. Holly was an incredible mother, friend, wife, and sister, great artist, award winning photographer, and ICON in the realm of giving to many causes. She especially loved the Aishel House which provides kosher meals, housing, transportation, and child care to critically sick families who come to Houston for its wonderful medical center, considered the best in the world. Another cause that Holly served on the board on is The River, which provides art, dance, and theatre lessons to children with challenges and disabilities, including Down Syndrome, loss of sight, CP, CF, hearing impaired.

Some people call Holly, “Holly Lama, Wholy Holly (for making ill people feel whole), Holly Dolly, a guru, a saint, a mensch, and a Tzadic. Her huge smile and bright eyes, and kind heart, shown even moments before she passed. Because of her legacy, and inspiration the Rose Ribbon Foundation will soon be called the Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation. Presently, it can be found at and donations can be made on-line. Silhouettes can be ordered as donations by logging on to to contribute towards Silhouettes for Survivors. For more information on Holly and Cindi, check out American Profile Magazine’s story on Cindi Harwood Rose’s silhouettes for cancer survivors. Holly Harwood Skolkin

was a hero, a humanitarian, and perhaps, the most loved human on earth. Her good deeds will live on forever, she is a silhouette of a lovely, kind, great human, some say one of the top 12 souls that walked the earth of this generation.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Silhouette Artist Holly Harwood Skolkin Passes Away

Holly Harwood Skolkin passed away peacefully at home on February 10, 2012 surrounded by her family. Holly was born in Houston on June 22, 1952, to Doris Zellda and Earl Isadore Harwood. She had a happy childhood with sisters and best friends, Bonny and Cindi.
At the University of Texas, Holly was an active member in Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority where she made many lifelong friends. She became a skilled silhouette artist, cutting freehand facial profile likenesses of people from Houston to Disneyland.
Following graduation in 1974 with a degree in photojournalism, she began a distinguished career in medical photography. Holly worked in the Ophthalmology Department at the University of Texas-Houston, Baylor College of Medicine, and Emory University where she produced world class fluorescein angiograms and ophthalmic ultrasounds. She served on the National Board of The Society of Retinal Angiographers.
After the birth of her children, her professional career was subrogated to raising Dayna and Emory, the joys of her life. She shared with them her love of Judaism, ethnic foods, movies, and family vacations. She adored her many nieces and nephews. Her guiding message, a variation on the Beatles lyric, was "in the end the love you make should be more than the love you take".
She involved her family and friends in her many mitzvah projects, including The River and Aishel House, two organizations for which she was a founding board member. She treasured her extended family in Hadassah and at Congregation Beth Yeshurun.
Her spirituality and optimistic attitude helped her battle stage 4 breast cancer for nearly 15 years. She was a role model, companion, and confidante for numerous cancer patients and their loved ones. It was often a difficult journey, one that inspired the creation of the Rose Ribbon Foundation by sister, Cindi, and brother-in-law, Dr. Franklin Rose, in her honor.
She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Mark, children, Dayna and Emory, and sisters, Bonny Cotlar and husband David, Cindi Rose and husband Franklin, and their children.
The family is most grateful to her many caregivers over the years, including doctors Richard Theriault, Gerry Cypress, and Rush Lynch, as well as Elena Velasquez and her friends in the Nursing Department at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital. Those who wish to make a memorial contribution are encouraged to support the Aishel House, Rose Ribbon Foundation, Congregation Beth Yeshurun, Friends of Nursing at St. Lukes.
Rest peacefully, our Holly Dolly, and know that we will miss you and the world is a better place because you were here.


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Silhouette Artist Cindi Rose

Cindi Harwoood Rose is a psychic silhouette artist who by sight goes into the fourth dimension and hand-cuts a profile of individuals, healing them, and making them look like themselves, while she captures their spirit, and can guide them and inspire them while she works, as the gift of this art is G-d given.

Not only does Cindi Rose have the world speed record, in hand-cutting profiles from French silhouette paper, she is the only artist in the world that has the antique, authentic paper which is over 50 years old. Cindi Rose donates proceeds to the Rose Ribbon Foundation (501) ( c ) (3) soon to be Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation in honor and memory of her sister, Holly Harwood Skolkin, who died a week ago from a 15 year struggle with breast cancer, which went to her liver. With Holly’s love, and support while alive, they created the cancer foundation to offer wholeness of spirit and body to others with critical opportunities of all sexes, ages including wigs, eyebrows, breast reconstructed, support groups, recipes, plus the idea of giving blessings. Cindi and her husband, Dr. Franklin Rose, a reconstructive and plastic surgeon, started the foundation 7 years ago, while Holly was alive. Cindi has been doing “Silhouettes for Survivors” and was made an American Hero for that from American Profile Magazine. She goes to stores and boutiques, and they set up silhouette days, and the money goes to the foundation. A former Walt Disney artist, and fine art honor graduate, Cindi has been drawing portraits since 8 years old and began cutting silhouettes for Disneyland at 16, without a lesson. There are no lessons for the real silhouette art, which is carving a profile from sight in a minute from black paper, in miniature, without a sketch or light, freehand. Cindi Rose, the world’s best silhouette artist also holds the world speed record—144 people in one hour. The Guild of Papercutters ranks Cindi Harwood Rose as the world’s premier silhouette artist. She has done silhouettes over 40 years, her sister Holly could do silhouettes, their mother was a fine artists, architect, and papercutter, and the artwork just came to Cindi, while working as a teen drawing portraits at Disneyland.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Organic Cindi Rose!

Well know philanthropist, silhouette Cindi Harwood Rose, is absolutely organic!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Symphonic Silhouettes for the Symphony League!

Symphonic Silhouettes for the Symphony League!

Around 50 lovely young ladies entered the world of volunteerism to support their local symphony, and to escorted with their proud fathers at a black-tie event. Silhouettes by Cindi was honored to do hand-cut profile portraits of over 250 philanthropists

at Beaumont’s exquisite Symphony Belle Ball. This classical league raises more money than any other symphony league. It was a marriage, classical silhouettes matched with timeless classical music.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Everything You Want to Know About Silhouette Artists

Silhouette art is not old-fashioned, it appears to be as trendy as ever. Yet, great silhouette artists are hard to find, and there are only a handful of excellent cut-paper profilists in the world today. The world’s best silhouette artists can be found easily on the internet, by googling the word silhouette artist. The first 8 names listed from the only 20 or so real silhouette artists in existence today, most likely are each an accomplished silhouette artist, in varying ability.

In home decorating, you see life-sized silhouettes of all colors, themed into the d├ęcor, stamped out on canvas. The clever decorator will just send in profile photos and find a company on the internet, that can turn this into a large framed art piece. But is this a real silhouette? According to America’s premier silhouette artists, Cindi Harwood Rose and Kathryn Flocken, it is not. Cindi Rose, a high quality silhouette artist for 40 years says, “While these computer stamped silhouettes from photos may add a personal touch to a room, they should not be confused with the artwork of silhouette hand-cutting from life, an art difficult to master.” Kathryn Flocken, writes, in her book, Silhouettes Rediscovering The Lost Art,” In the modern age of photography, film and digital art, silhouette portraiture and design is fast becoming a lost art.”

Silhouette artist Cindi Harwood’s sister, Holly, a natural artist, and former professional silhouettest says, “It is rare to find a real silhouette artist, who can observe someone, and capture their likeness, without sketching, or using a shadow, just with paper, scissors, and talent. My family inherited their art talent from our mother, a profile artist and architectural designer.” Kathryn Flocken’s mother was also an artist, and she, Cindi, and Holly all cut silhouettes for Disney. An amazing fact is that hand-cut silhouettes were the first animation. The first cartoons were silhouettes and were done from many popular stories, “Jack and The Beanstalk, Snow-White, Cinderella were all silhouetted by Lotte Reiniger, in the 1930’s, Cindi Rose, explains. Disney has had a long relationship with real silhouette artists, and often that is the only place one can find one. A silhouette artist, can improve their natural art abilities, after first drawing portraits from life. These skills can’t be taught, they are developed from innate art talents. Most silhouette artists began cutting and drawing portraits as children, and cutting silhouettes after seeing someone do it, without taking a lesson in the art. There are no lessons. The art just can’t be taught.

“ Tracing a subject’s profile from a wall, and sketching it, then cutting the shape out of black craft paper, school-teacher-style is not an art, it is the ugly stepsister, without the grace and intricacy or introspection that a real silhouette artist can apply to someone’s profile paper interpretation. The work is distorted, like a shadow, and the image is less than who the person is, “ says C. H. Rose. A real silhouette shows more than the person, it goes into the psyche of the individual, and it speaks volumes.

The white lines are cut-out, and the more interior details, the better the artist, in most accounts.

Emma Ruterford in The Art of the Shadow quotes the globe’s foremost silhouette artist in history as Monsieur Augustin Edourt as stating that silhouette artistry done freehand, “was a sophisticated portrait so accurate it could be used for scientific purposes.” To learn more about a current silhouette artist and compare their different skills, Google silhouette artist, and compare, you can also watch videos on You Tube of the various silhouettests of this decade, as well as the fabulous silhouette animations of Lotte Reiniger.