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Art inspirations

About

​Lisa Jayne Holmes - My art and inspirations 

I've always been interested in wildlife as much as I enjoy painting, combining the two was an obvious path to take.
Working from my home studio I share my life with lots of lively but wonderful creatures, including a long suffering but supportive husband.
My main inspiration for my art comes from the lush countryside on my doorstep, my own organic wildlife gardens are also typical points of daily inspiration for me as an artist, I also save my sketches and photographs from field trips as reference and inspiration for many of my paintings.
The myriad of creatures visiting my gardens & ponds are also my little muses, the beating drum of life, they make me who I am as an artist.
I love all animals, from the tiniest pond skater to the big cool cats they all matter to me.
My life revolves around creating natural habitats for wildlife, I've spent many years creating wildflower meadows and wild areas for nature to thrive, my two wildlife ponds are now havens for frogs, newts, pondskaters and more, It's wonderful to see that the hedgehogs, dragonflies, and birds also starting to regularly use these ponds for drinking and bathing.
You've probably guessed - I'm mad about nature, and passionate about organic gardening.


Art and design has also featured heavily throughout my life. I studied horticulture and floral design at college, qualifiying with distinctions, years later I changed paths after falling completely in love with watercolour.
My art is now regualrly on display in little shops and galleries around the country and previously featured in the John Lewis product range.
My main objective though is simply to bring a little bit of colour and joy to my customers through my paintings.

A brief timescale of some of the other things I've been getting up to

2015 - 2016.
I was invited to hold solo exhibitions at galleries in north Wales and Norfolk, almost all my paintings sold at both events and this gave me the confidence to launch my own website.
2018.
I was shortlisted for the artist of the year competition in Artist & illustrators magazine, and again in 2019, I was thrilled to be shortlisted, it was also lovely to meet other artists at the fantastic Mall galleries in London. I'm an extremely humble artist hence these types of things are usually very proud moments for me.
2020 .
One of my paintings made the longlist in the Jacksons painting prize. I was delighted to have made this longlist because there were thousands of entries. This is a competition that I particularly admire!.
2021/2022.
I was an Invitational artist for the ' Sketch for survival ' exhibition for a couple of years running.

From 2023 onwards 

I made the decision to temporarily step away from art comps and exhibitions in order to focus entirely on my studio work and creating paintings for my wonderfully loyal customers. 


When I'm not painting I devote much of my spare time to family and friends, and looking after wild habitats and my own animals.  
 

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