Katharine Holmes is an artist who has become known for her paintings of the Northern British Landscape, predominantly her native Yorkshire Dales. She often paints outside, braving all weathers all year round. She frequently incorporates elements of the landscape such as grasses and gravels found on site into her paintings, adding natural texture to these works. Holmes’s dedication to painting out in the elements is rewarded; the sense of actually being in the landscape is beautifully captured within the finished painting.There is a feeling these paintings have been torn from a giant sketchbook, their rough and irregular edges, allowing the viewer a glimpse of a moment spent walking on the Dales.
Following training in Fine Art at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Katharine returned to Yorkshire in 1990. She exhibits her work nationally and internationally and her paintings are in many private and corporate collections including that of Leeds University where she held her first major solo exhibition in 1999. In the last decade Katharine has travelled widely and painted in Japan, Kenya, New England, Italy and Greece, each time returning not just with paintings but with a renewed appreciation of the landscape of home.