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About Lesley Holmes

Having spent many happy years in Moreton in Marsh in the Cotswolds I now live on a smallholding in South West Cornwall with my husband and the animals that feature in my work. Inspired by the Cornish coast and countryside I hope my paintings capture the light and atmosphere of this very special part of England. I work from life when ever possible. My real passion is landscape and animals.  I am entirely self taught in the art of painting although I have had training in drawing.

Exhibitions:  One man shows, Muriel Beach Thomas Gallery Burford 1984-89. The Theatre Gallery Chipping Norton.  Annual Summer Exhibitions at Lower Slaughter Village Hall 1990-2001.  Bi-annual exhibitions at The Lesley Holmes Studio 2002-2007 The Old Lifeboat Station Porthleven 2013-2020. Future exhibitions to be held at the Cornish Studio. Please enquire for details.


Publications:  Michael Joseph illustrations for James Herriot Cat Stories. James Herriot Dog Stories and James Herriot Animal Stories.  St Martin’s Press USA James Herriot Stories.  A Cotswold Sketchbook, Venice A Sketchbook, Lesley Holmes Sketchbook and A Cornish Sketchbook.


Commissions  Commercial:  Harrods stationary.  Boots Stationary. Greeting cards for Medici, Elgin Court, Woodmanstone, Hallmark,  Royal, Lings and more.  Felix Rosensteals Fine Art, Paperhouse Group. Sari. Jo Luber.  Ulster Weavers, Port Merion, Melamaster.



Commissions private:  Captain Eagles H.M.S Argus 2015.  Various private commissions for clients in the UK and Ireland, USA and Europe and Japan.

Member of the St Ives Society of Artists

Artist in Residence at Victoria Magazine for 2022

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