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Paul Holmes (Pastel Art)

  • Hugely talented pastel artist based in Stafford, specialising in animal portraits
  • Also paints other subjects (landscapes, cars!) plus abstract and mixed media
  • Qualified tutor with a Level 3 Award in Education and Training
  • has been exhibited across the UK, with his commissioned work now hanging across Europe

Paul is passionate about passing on his skills and knowledge to others – a good virtue for a Higham Tutor! Animals can be represented brilliantly in Pastel – and we think every artist should have a go at pastelling a cow as part of their artistic journey, so that is where we start!

“Having worked in pen and ink, watercolour and acrylic, several years ago I discovered pastel and have been captivated by this versatile medium ever since. In my animal portraits I aim to capture not only a realistic representation but also the character and personality of my subject.In my abstract work, I am looking to explore the opportunities of mixing pastels with other media, depicting emotions and fleeting moments in time.
It also gives me great pleasure to pass on my knowledge and experience at demonstrations and workshops.” PH

Upcoming Courses

February 2018


February 4th at 18:30 to February 7th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

*NEW* A specialist introduction to pastels, within the context of executing a (tutor-selected) animal portrait. Step by step guidance as you each work towards a finished quality piece. Bring just yourself, take home your very own pastel cow portrait, with framing tips. Ideal if you've never tackled an animal face in this medium. NEW TUTOR: Paul Holmes (Staffordshire www.highamhall.com/paul-holmes) Residential: £339 Non-residential: £243 inc. all materials

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