Katharine Holmes is an artist who has become known for her paintings which capture the Northern Landscape, predominantly her native Yorkshire Dales. Born into a Malhamdale family of painters in 1962 and following degree study in Fine Art at the University of Newcastle, Katharine returned to the Yorkshire Dales in 1990.
She often paints outside in all weathers, sometimes incorporating elements of the landscape such as grasses and gravels found on site into her paintings. She works in a range of media from oil on canvas to watercolour on paper, her paintings capture the feeling of being in the landscape.
Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and her paintings are in many private and corporate collections including that of Leeds University where she held her first major solo exhibition in 1999. In June 2009 she returned to the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery, Leeds University to show new paintings and an installation of drawings as part of a large retrospective exhibition “A Malham Family of Painters”.
In the words of Norman Adams RA RWS who taught Katharine at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne:
“It is not so much that Katharine Holmes makes statements about her native landscape as that she is constantly questioning and trying to dicover its essence. Then she tries to fuse her materials to her subject matter, by means of emotional understanding, and they become one”.