The youngest of five children born in South Africa as the son of a British soldier and a Dutch-French housewife who'd met after the Boer War, the family came to Salt Lake City after the parents had joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Hollings' father was an amateur painter and he himself always knew he could draw.
He was nine years old when his parents divorced and four years later his mother moved to San Francisco with her children. Not much interested in school, he found jobs, combining his interest in painting and illustration with physical aspects such as carpentry, stage design and sculpting. He made displays for department store windows, worked on sets at the San Francisco Opera House a
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