Leon Holmes – MH Ambassador
“I get most of my inspiration by painting outdoors (Plein Air). Many days I jump in the car and head out for the day to paint our local scenes. Often I end up painting one of my favourite subjects – livestock in the field. I consider myself a master of fine art and only use the finest art materials available, including Michael Harding’s handmade oil paints, one of the world finest oil colours available today. The quality of this paint with its vibrancy and strong pigment content, together with my perfected ability to see, mix, use and apply colours is showing this piece off.”
Leon Holmes is an award-winning Australian artist, lecturer and ambassador of Plein Air painting (on location) in the medium of oil.
Born and raised in Perth, Leon’s career started with a wide range of artistic fields including Printmaking, Graphic Design, Art Direction, Illustration and Photography.
Since 2003, Leon is a professional artist painting outdoors in the style of impressionistic realism, just like the old masters did and he is honoured to have one of his paintings hanging amongst Dutch masterpieces in the Katwjik Museum in Holland. Leon works quickly when capturing natural light and colour and used his outdoor sketches as a reference when creating larger works in his home studio in Mandurah.
Having resided a number of years in Europe refining his skills and networking with other artists opened the doors for Leon to exhibit and teach alongside the Elite of professional Plein Air Artists at invitational, international art events. Major events to name are the Maui Invitational Plein Air in Hawaii, Forgotten Coast Event in Florida, Art in the Open in Ireland and Katwijk and Noordwijk Plein Air festivals in Holland.
Leon runs locally organised workshops on a regular base and travels as a contracted lecturer to hold workshops wherever it takes him. The artist also enjoys painting people and practises portraiture on a weekly base with a small group he founded in Mandurah in 2015.
Since the beginning of 2019, the artist and his wife Sara run a private gallery open by appointment and are also passionate in sourcing high-quality art materials to supply artists with only the finest quality Plein Air Products including Michael Harding Oil Paints and Rosemary and Co Brushes. The Leon Holmes Pochade Paint Boxes are another product available, home designed and constructed and sold through the website and studio door.