About the Artist

 

DEBORAH HOLMES WATERCOLORS

Deborah lives in Bristol, Vermont in the heart of the village where she has an at-home studio and gallery.. She moved there from Shoreham, Vermont this past summer. She can look out of her kitchen window and see Deerleap Mountain and can walk to all that she needs, including the New Haven River. She really enjoys spending time with her four (mostly) grown sons, Cameron, Andrew, Sam and Lewis, grandson Miles and time with good friends. This past winter (2016) she spent six weeks in the southwest with her youngest son, Lewis where they volunteered on the Navajo Reservation and she painted. She plans to return to the southwest to paint sometime in the near future. Deborah paints in the Champlain Valley primarily, and also travels to the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont whenever she can, where she lived for five years, and stays in her camper in Craftsbury. She likes to x-country ski, canoe, hike, swim in lakes and explore new places. She also enjoys reading, cooking, gardening, live music, museums, and fixing up her new home.

 

Deborah graduated from Vassar College in 1981, where she studied history and fine art. She began painting full-time after teaching at a boarding school in New Hampshire for several years. She has made her living doing her art for over twenty-five years.


Deborah Holmes Watercolors

 

Deborh Holmes

Artist's Statement

I have drawn and painted since childhood. It is simply what I like to do best. I paint every day in my studio at home. When it is warm enough, I paint on location which is the most fun because it is all right there - the lights, the smells, and the color.

I feel fortunate to live in Vermont. The rural landscape truly inspires me. I love painting farms, flowers buildings, animals and water. I try to capture the essence of a place in my paintings.

I paint on 140 lb. Arches Hot Press Watercolor paper; it is very smooth and allows for fine detail. I use Winsor-Newton Watercolors, and a blend of sable and synthetic brushes.