Michael Holmes

Michael Holmes

Michael studied portrait painting at Heatherleys Art School in London but has been painting landscapes in Oxfordshire for the last twenty years. He lives in Woolstone at the base of the famous White Horse Hill and draws constant inspiration from the ever-changing landscape.

“I love the way every day is different as the seasons come and go and the farmers work the land. Our amazing English skies with their dramatic cloud formations change the light and colour on the landscape below and I try to capture a moment, just a fleeting impression that stays in my mind. As this is an emotional experience I’m not looking for a photographic representation, just a feeling for the subject I’m painting. I try and use my imagination to help tease out ideas that give my paintings their individuality, and I find that always having an abstract work on the go is a great way of pushing my own boundaries and keeping my thinking fresh.

I paint in oils, using both brushes and palette knife and quite often a handy forefinger. Paint is a wonderfully tactile medium, and while I work in my studio there is nothing nicer than being out on the hill with my easel pegged down against the wind looking up at the sky and soaking up the landscape.”

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