Lesley Holmes was born in Zambia. While at secondary school in London, she attended life drawing classes but, apart from this early experience of tuition, describes herself as entirely self-taught. She spent a number of years travelling, returning to the UK in 1983. Since then she has earned her living entirely from her painting. In 2008 she moved to Cornwall and works from her studio in Stithians. Her harbour and coastal scenes are exhibited locally, mainly at The Old Lifeboat Station in Porthleven, though her work has also been shown at Trelissick Gallery, the Lost Gardens of Heligan, and Penlee House.

Lesley has undertaken commercial commissions for a range of greetings cards manufacturers. Her illustrations have appeared in a number of Michael Joseph publications, in particular the James Herriot series of stories. She has also published several sketchbooks featuring scenic locations.


Painting in oils and watercolour


 STISA (2018)


Michael Joseph: James Herriot Cat Stories; James Herriot Dog Stories; James Herriot Animal Stories

Publications by Lesley Holmes:

A Cotswold Sketchbook; Venice - a Sketchbook; A  Cornish Sketchbook; Lesley Holmes Sketchbook;