I am a full time professional watercolour artist based in Cheshire.
My main field and passion is watercolour.
Very occassionaly I work in other mediums such as acrylics oils and pastels.
I love to see wildlife in its natural environment almost as much as i enjoy painting,
Combining the two is a dream come true for me.
An avid birdwatcher I'm often at local birding haunts with my sketchbook and binoculars, I'm constantly looking for energy and life in my paintings rather than photographic representation and paint with intuition and spontaneity, I like my paintings to 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 pleasure and awe i felt on seeing a huge dragonfly as a child,
These moments and memories make me who I am as an artist.
From an early age I've been heavily into nature,
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, then changed paths after falling completely in love with watercolour.
2015 and 2016 were important years for me, I was invited to hold solo exhibitions in north Wales and Norfolk, almost every painting in both events sold!
This gave me the confidence to launch my website and continue with my own 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.
I'm continually humbled, flattered and delighted by your kind support of my art, it's not just the buying of an artwork it's the lovely messages and comments I receive from you.
L J Holmes