Today we have Australian artist Leon Holmes answering a few questions about his work and life. Holmes does a fantastic job capturing the dynamic Australian landscape. It reminds me of Ken Knight and Sir Arthur Streeton. I particularly like his depictions of cattle and turquoise seas.
Q: When did you start painting?
Drawing and creating have been a passion since the first time I could hold a crayon but I officially started oil painting in 1993.
Q: Can you remember your first painting? Do you still have it?
My first official oil painting was a copy of a Monet but I still have the first original composition I did and it’s framed and often hangs in my shows.
Q: What do you find to be the most challenging aspects of the artist life?
Making a living. Painting is a pleasure but in reality, it’s only a small percentage of the time spent running an artist business.
Q: Any tips for balancing art, family, business, and life in general?
Treat it like any sole trader business, have a good plan, set deadlines, give time to running the business, bookkeeping, invoicing, and marketing, and make sure you set time to paint. Have set hours and set time for family.
Q: What do you do when inspiration or motivation are lacking?
Pack my gear and go outdoors to paint. If I can honk up inspiration it soon is presented on location and often inspires larger studio works.
Q: Which artists inspire you?
Many of my contemporaries that I’ve painted alongside. But Sir Arthur Streeton has been a high contender forever.
Q: Favourite art book?
Q: Recommendations for aspiring artists?
Paint small and lots of them, paint from life, not from photos. Keep the best 20% of your work and paint over all the rest.
Q: Where can we find your work (socials, website, galleries, etc.)?
There is a list of my gallery representation on the website under where to buy. I also exhibit regularly at plein air invitation events in the USA and Europe.
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