About the Artist



Deborah lives in Bristol, Vermont in the heart of the village where she has an at-home studio and gallery. She can look out her kitchen window and see Deer Leap Mountain and walk to her favorite coffee shop. When Deborah is not painting, she loves spending time with her four grown sons, Cameron, Andrew, Sam and Lewis, all of whom live in Vermont and with good friends and her grandson, Miles. Her favorite places to paint are in the Champlain Valley, the southwest, and the Northeast Kingdom, where she lived for five years. Deborah likes to walk in the woods, swim in lakes, x-country ski and explore new places. She also enjoys reading, cooking, fixing up her new home, and live music. When she has free time, she loves going to her off-grid camper in Craftsbury, Vermont and her family’s camp in Shoreham, Vermont where she spent childhood summers.


Deborah graduated from Vassar College, where studied history and fine art. She began painting full-time after teaching at a boarding school in northern New Hampshire for several years. She has been making her living as an artist 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.