Hello! My name is Steph Holmes, and I'm an artist working in my small studio here in Pennsylvania. You'll often find me drawing and painting, but I also love working with clay to build ceramic sculptures and pottery, as well as dabbling in many other forms of making.
The images I create in my artwork remind me of the things I saw in the woods behind my childhood home. Our summers were spent exploring the creek bed, looking at insects, running through fields of weeds taller than ourselves, and checking our hair for spiders afterward. It was a magical time and now I make artwork that borrows from those memories while I insert an extra dose of humor, strangeness, and whimsy.
If I'm not in my studio making a giant mess or out in the woods picking up acorns, I'm learning more about sustainability, visiting art museums, or teaching art classes to people of all ages.
Interested in a special commission or just want to reach out? Feel free to contact me.
Watch Art and Exploring the Self, a York:Crafted presentation by Steph Holmes on her work as an artist.
"The process of arranging recycled collage papers, painting the delicate pattern of a butterfly wing, and building clay sculptures allows artist Steph Holmes to see herself and in turn understand her role in helping others.
Our world is not set up to be sustainable, but that doesn't mean we can't make small changes to our lives to lessen our impact on the environment. I'm not going to pretend that I have it all figured out, but I am promising that I'm moving closer and closer to an eco-friendly studio everyday!
My studio is outfitted with CFL and LED light bulbs; I work with almost entirely secondhand and upcycled art materials; and ALL of the packaging used in my Etsy shop is recycled, recyclable, and/or biodegradable! There are still a lot of steps I need to make before I can call my studio entirely guilt-free, but I look forward to going on that journey and sharing what I've learned with you on my blog.