PORTRAITS OF AN ARTIST:

ASH HOLMES

Photographer: Lucy Douglas @somethingaesthetic


A soothing collision of abstract lines, texture, shape and colour, there’s an indescribable sense of calm that comes with the considered works of Ash Holmes. Nestled beautifully in the Northern Beaches, she welcomes us into her intimate studio space for a lovely catch up.

CAN YOU BRIEFLY TALK US THROUGH YOUR JOURNEY AS AN ARTIST?

I started painting when I was really young. My mum and my grandma were both artists, so I’m sure I was surrounded by it from a very young age. I had my first exhibition when I left school; for six years it was part-time and in the last year I’ve been lucky enough to take it full-time. I feel so grateful for that!

YOUR STUDIO IS LOCATED IN YOUR HOMETOWN OF THE NORTHERN BEACHES. WHEN NOT CREATING, HOW DO YOU LIKE TO SPEND YOUR TIME?

Usually I’d be going for a swim, going out for coffee or spending time with my nearest and dearest.

WHERE DO YOU DRAW YOUR INSPIRATION FROM?

I draw inspiration from my environment. I focus on the ocean and natural forms. I’m inspired by people, music, texture and tones.

WOULD YOU SAY YOUR ART HAS ANY INFLUENCE ON YOUR STYLE?

Probably without noticing! I don’t usually wear the colours I like to paint with – I paint a lot with pink, blue and orange tones. I’m usually wearing black or white – the majority of my clothing do have a splash of paint on them though!

ON DAYS OUTSIDE OF THE STUDIO, WHAT ARE YOU WEARING?

Majority of the time, denim, pants or shorts with a belt and tee…or a cami with a throw… or a jacket/blazer. I’m not much of a dress girl. I love my golden goose, converse and reeboks. I’m a sucker for a nice blazer and some straight leg pants.