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 vitality and movement are what i hope to portray in my paintings, rather than photographic representation.
I paint with intuition and spontaneity, and my paintings must have layers and texture, rather than just an outline or one single flat element.
Above all else though - I'm looking for the magic!,
The birds, hedgehogs, and a myriad of creatures that visit my organic garden and wildlife ponds are the beating drum of life for me, they are what hold everything together.
These moments of wildlife watching make me who I am as an artist.
My grandfather taught me the value of organic gardening, and the value of all life.
In fact I love all animals, from the tiniest pond skater to the big cool cats, they all matter to me.
For the past 30 ish years my life has been guided not only by an appreciation of the beauty of nature, but also a desire to create habitats for wildlife.
Art and design has also been a strong force in my life.
I studied horticulture and floral design at college qualifiying with distinctions, in recent years I changed career paths after falling completely in love with watercolour.
2015 and 2016 were important years for my career. I was invited to hold solo exhibitions in galleries in north Wales and Norfolk, almost every painting sold at both events!.
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, again in 2019, a 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, a huge honour, there were almost six thousand entries!. Now that's a lot of tough competition!, To get into the final four hundred was just so amazing!
My work is now regualrly on display in galleries and shops around the country, and also featured in the John Lewis product range.
But my biggest achievement (in terms of my career ) will always be, simply bringing daily joy and happiness to my customers through my paintings,. If I can bring just one smile to someones face its ' job done ' for me.
My biggest achievement ( in terms of wildlife preservation ) is totally and completely avoiding the use of pesticides/fungicides/ slug pellets in my gardens over the years, I've spent years buidling and creating natural ( completely organic ) havens for wildlife.
I've also build two wildlife ponds which are now important homes to frogs, news, diving beetles, backswimmers, pondskaters and so much more, also lovely to see the hedgehogs, dragonflies and birds now regularly using these ponds.
Hopefully one day though I'll be able to do more for wildlife, in the meantime, every little helps!.
Many thanks for viewing my art..
L J Holmes