Firstly, tell us a little about yourself, Ash!
Hey! I’m Ash Holmes, I’m 25 years old, and was born and currently living in Sydney on the beautiful Northern Beaches. I have been creating art since I can remember and have been practising art full time for three years now. I’m actually the fourth-generation artist in my family – this really helped me develop a technique and passion from early on with my art. I find that nature is really the strong source of inspiration in my work. I’m also really into film photography too!
How did you first get into painting? Can you share with us your journey as an artist?
I started painting when I was 3, my Mum was an Artist at the time, and I would often paint with her whilst she worked. Acrylic paint and large-scale surfaces quickly became my favourite mediums to work with about 4 years ago, and this really hasn’t changed since.
In the past 3 years I’ve been in multiple group shows, 4 solo shows and an international group show in Spain, where I have met so many different people. I absolutely love who I meet on my journey as an artist, and I’m really lucky to have made some lifelong connections to like-minded individuals along the way!
What inspires you most in your art?
Nature! The authentic colours and energy that nature provides us is what motivates me, and I like to replicate and communicate this in my own way. I find when I’ve spent time in nature or exploring varied landscapes around the world, I walk away full of inspiration that I then put to canvas!
What does a usual day look like for you?
It’s a rotating combination of the following; music, coffee, swimming, painting, photographing work, and time with loved ones. Pending on the day, maybe a Margarita or two, ha!
What do you feel is your biggest achievement to date as an artist?
For me it would be my recent solo show that I hosted in my Studio in Brookvale. I loved curating the open night and seeing all my loved ones in the one room. Showcasing my largest collection to date surrounded by supportive people! It was a night to remember and I’m happy that the majority of the pieces found their forever homes.
With 2020 just around the corner, any exciting plans?
There’s some exciting plans in the pipeline! I’m planning an Artist in Residency in Morocco for next year where I’ll be creating a body of work based around my journey and inspiration over there. I’m also involved in a show at Sydney Road Gallery, Sydney.
What is it about the Northern Beaches that you're most in love with?
It would have to be the community support, the ocean and the creative opportunities at arm’s reach!
Can you share with us your favourite spots on the Northern Beaches for:
Cruise Espresso, Freshwater
Chica Bonita, Manly
Sunset Sabi, Manly
Beautiful wares, trinkets, treasuresBow + Arrow Store, Manly
Mama + Papa, Avalon
Monte Marte, Mosman
The Independent, Manly