David Holmes Hyperrealism
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Please feel free to poke around. I hope you enjoy your stay. After all, I built it just for you...
If you're new to my work, here's a bit of background:
I was raised in a small New Hampshire town. From early on I loved to draw, filling book after book
with elaborate doodles. Even back then I gravitated toward realism. Something about it appealed to me, and I labored to make things look as perfect as possible. Fortunately our town had a professional artist named Bill Swank who taught classes for kids. Under his tutelage I learned the fundamentals of perspective, shading, materials and mediums. He was also a great storyteller and I spent many happy hours practicing art and memorizing corny jokes. This was the first lucky break that helped lay the path towards an art career.
The second lucky break came at sixteen, when I found out that I needed glasses. Up until then I'd dreamed of becoming a pilot like my father. My goal was to get into the Air Force Academy, then the airlines. Bad eyesight made that unlikely, however. Fortunately my drawing skills provided an ideal fall-back. In hindsight it's clear that this was for the best; my personality type is much more directed toward "creative" endeavors.
My third lucky break came when I was accepted at the Rhode Island School of Design. RISD opened
my eyes to the vast possibilities of the art world. I discovered a field called Graphic Design, which combined visual and typographic elements to communicate a message. I graduated in 1984 and began work as a designer, then Art Director and finally Creative Director for marketing/design agencies.
I loved the work, but it was intense and creatively demanding. By the end of the day I found little energy left to make any original art for myself. Eventually I began to miss the freedom of painting, and longed to revisit my artistic roots. In 2003 I decided to switch gears and try painting full time. It was a difficult decision to leave my successful 18-year ad career behind, but necessary in order to focus on the new work. After
a decade, I'm now happy to say that things have worked out pretty well. I'm blessed by the opportunity of a second career that provides thrills and great personal satisfaction.
My biggest lucky break, of course, was meeting my wife Katia. Her continuous generosity and support has enabled me to pursue this wonderful journey... Thanks!