Hello! I'm an artist and educator working in York, Pennsylvania. In my studio, I express myself primarily with drawing, painting, and collage but also clay sculpture and pottery. My hands delight in making things with all sorts of art materials!
I make art about life. There is little difference between the miraculous structures of my lungs, my lungs which move every few seconds to pull life-giving oxygen into my body, and the systems that keep a tiny beetle living and breathing. This little green beetle crawls across my windowsill and I can feel how fragile his life is, like my own. In fact, everything feels fresh and fragile and full of stories all around me, and this sense of empathy is poured into everything I create.
If I'm not in my studio making a giant mess or out in the woods drawing mushrooms, 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.