Leon is an international award-winning plein air artist, lecturer and ambassador.
He paints from life on location, without the aid of photography, using his small studies as reference for larger studio works created in his home studio in Mandurah.
A professional artist since 2003, Leon paints outdoors in the old masters’ style of impressionistic realism. He works in oil to quickly capture natural light and colour.
Born and raised in Perth, Leon’s career started with a wide range of artistic fields including Printmaking, Graphic Design, Art Direction, Illustration and Photography.
“Exploring the planet, a small box of paints, a few brushes and a rag, making marks with colour, seeing the beauty on offer…simply gratitude for life.”
As a feature artist at Plein Air Down Under 2021, Leon will conduct a two-day plein air Oil Painting Master Class on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 September. . This class is for intermediate/advanced artists who will be painting over the festival weekend of 25 – 27 September.
Registration of $345 includes:
- Full artist registration to paint at Plein Air Down Under (25 – 27 Sept), including eligibility for all prizes, awards and the Two-Hour Quick Draw painting competition
- Two-day Leon Holmes Oil Painting Masterclass, en plein air, Mandurah
- Morning tea each day
Leon travels regularly to exhibit and teach at events around the world. Residing for a number of years in Europe has refined his skills and networking with other artists opened the doors to exhibit and teach alongside the elite of professional Plein Air Artists at invitational, international art events.
These events include the Maui Invitational Plein Air in Hawaii, Forgotten Coast Event in Florida, Art in the Open in Ireland and Katwijk and Noordwijk Plein Air festivals in Holland.
Leon is honoured to have one of his paintings hanging amongst Dutch masterpieces in the Katwjik Museum in Holland.