Forgotten Coast Plein Air Paint Out coming next week

Published: Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 09:45 AM.

Leon Holmes, born and raised in Perth, Western Australia, will travel to the panhandle from Germany where he has been living for the past three years.

Holmes got his start in commercial art as an art director, graphic designer and illustrator and painted on the side as a hobby. As time went on, the painting took over and he dropped the commercial work in order focus on painting full time.

While traveling home after the Art in the Open event in Ireland, Holmes found himself speaking with Lori Putnam, regular participant in the Forgotten Coast Paint Out. Holmes said that Putnam spoke highly of the event and she put him in touch with the coordinators who, after reviewing his work, extended an invitation for 2014, which he happily accepted.

Holmes said that he’s known many of participating artists for years, but has only spoken with them via the Internet and is looking forward to meeting them face-to-face.

“There really is so much to look forward to,” said Holmes. “The people, the painting…I come from an old fishing port and sailing background, and I love painting old boats so the subject is going to be fantastic for me.”

Though this will be Holmes’ first time on the Forgotten Coast, he’s showcased at Plein Air events in Ireland, Holland and Poland and has held exhibitions in Amsterdam and New York City.

“All (of the events) have been different and wonderful in their own ways,” said Holmes. “You meet so many other painters, and nearly all are happy to share knowledge.”

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