The essence of the Yorkshire Dales landscape, in all seasons, has been captured in a new series of paintings by artist Katharine Holmes who works in the open air in all weathers.
Katharine comes from three generations of artists, preceded by her grandmother Constance Pearson (1886 – 1970) and mother Philippa (1921 – 1999). When she was commissioned by Mercer Art Gallery to make new work for a series of exhibitions on art and landscape in Yorkshire, she decided to mark this point in her own career by following in Constance’s artistic footsteps.
Katharine visited the places where her grandmother went to paint, not only in Yorkshire but further afield to Cornwall. Her idea was not only to connect with her family history and to explore these places with her own painter’s eye, but also to think about the essence of the landscape, the similarities and differences between her grandmother’s life in art and her own.
She spent most of her painting time not far from Malham as her grandmother had done, in the local areas of the Dales. Constance was fond of the north Yorkshire coast, so Katharine spent painting time in the smooth, sheltering curve of Sandsend, the harshness of Staithes, and the artists’ community of Runswick Bay.
Katharine adds, “Local people who look at my paintings are all aware of the beauty of the land. They have an all-consuming interest in their surroundings and they notice everything – wildlife, flowers – because they are in tune with nature”.