Richard Holland

Matlock, Derbyshire

I have had an interest in art since primary school, and probably inherited this from my fathers artistic talents. Although missing out getting into Art College from school, I started painting watercolours avidly in my early twentys. I eventually started exhibiting and selling a few of my watercolours at a gallery called Gallery 13 in the village of Epworth in Lincolnshire. In 1999, I started an A level Art Course at Patching Art Centre under the instruction of Liz Wood. On achieving my A level in 2001, Liz persuaded me to join her Painting with Oils Group and she has given me constant support throughout ever since. Having attended these classes during the last nine years I have started to steadily build up a large collection of oil paintings along with my original watercolours. Most of my paintings during the last eight years have been created using sketches and photographs I have taken on location. I have also started to create oil and watercolour sketches on location, from which I can then go on to create larger works. I have a wide range subjects that I like to paint, these range from semi abstract flow of water and waterfalls, fully abstract surfaces as well as landscape, still life and the play of light as my examples show. I try to do sets of themed paintings. I am presently trying to get some of my more resent work published. I have been teaching at West Nottinghamshire College for the last eleven years in the area of Information Technology. Over the last five years I have taught oil and watercolour painting to mature learners along side my regular teaching job at West Notts. Recently I have completed a BA with honours degree in Art History with the intention of improving my background knowledge of art generally and along with my teaching qualifications and experience I would like to eventually completely go it alone with my independent art classes demonstrations etc. Recently I have discontinued the Information Technology to concentrate on teaching art full time through collage as well as independently. This situation has enabled me to teach three classes through college and three independently classes in North Nottinghamshire and Eastern Derbyshire. The groups I teach currently are an enthusiastic bunch that are very creative in their ideas and with my guidance as well as their fellow learners are not afraid to explore new ideas and build on existing skills. As for my own future I have started to look at demonstrations initially through The Matlock Artists Society the local club I belong, but in time further a field.

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