I am a full time professional artist based in Cheshire.
My main field and passion is watercolour.
Very occassionaly I work in acrylics oils and pastels.
I love to see wildlife in its natural environment as much as i enjoy painting, combining the two is a dream come true.
An avid birdwatcher I'm often at local birding haunts with my sketchbook and binoculars, the beautiful countryside on my doorstep and my own organic garden are also typical points of daily inspiration for me.
Energy and life are what i hope to portray in my paintings rather than photographic representations.
I paint with intuition and spontaneity, my paintings must have layers and texture, rather than just an outline or one flat element.
Above all else though - I'm looking for the magic!,
I still remember the awe i felt on seeing a huge dragonfly as a child, and the birds, the hedgehogs and a myriad of creatures in my wildlife pond are the beating drum of life for me, they are what hold everything together.
These moments of wildlife watching and childhood memories make me who I am as an artist.
My grandfather taught me the value of organic gardening, and the value of all life.
From the tiniest pond skater to the big cool cats they all matter to me and inspire me to paint.
Art and design has also been a strong force in my life.
I studied horticulture and floral design at college qualifiying with distinctions, I then changed paths to pursue an art career after falling completely in love with watercolour.
2015 and 2016 were important years for me career wise, I was invited to hold solo exhibitions in galleries in north Wales and Norfolk, almost every painting at both events sold!.
This gave me the confidence to launch my website and continue with my unique painting style.
In 2018 I was shortlisted for artist of the year, and then again in 2019, a real privelidge and delight showing my artwork at the fantastic mall galleries in London.
In 2020 one of my paintings made the longlist in the jacksons painting prize, this was a huge honour because there were almost six thousand entries!.To get into the final four hundred out of so many entries is just sooooo lovely - and it tells me that I must be doing something right :-)
I'm continually humbled, flattered and delighted by your kind support of my art. Many many thanks to all my gorgeous and loyal customers.
L J Holmes