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 and 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 collecting interesting acorns, I'm learning more about sustainability, visiting art museums, or teaching art classes to people of all ages.
Video segment also available here.
Watch Art and Exploring the Self, a York:Crafted presentation to hear and see a bit about my journey as an artist and human being.
"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 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
ALL of the packaging used for shipments from my Etsy shop is clean secondhand, 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.
Questions? Custom art requests? Want to stump me with a good riddle? Feel free to contact me below!