About the Artist


Deborah lives in Bristol, Vermont in the heart of the village. She can look out her kitchen window and see Deerleap Mountain. She loves to garden, cook, walk in the woods with her dogs and read. She really enjoys spending time her four (mostly) grown sons, Cameron, Andrew, Sam and Lewis and time with good friends. This past winter she spent six weeks in the southwest with her youngest son, Lewis where they volunteered on the Navajo Reservation and she painted. Next winter she hopes to return to the southwest to paint. 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.

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.