Leon Holmes is an award-winning Australian artist, lecturer and ambassador of Plein Air (outdoor) painting, specialising in the medium of oil. His view on representational art is clear: “If you want life in your painting, you need to paint it from life. To capture the true light and colour you need to be immersed in the scene and become part of it. That’s why I think it’s so important to paint outdoors.”

Born and raised in Perth, Western Australia, Leon became a full- time artist and instructor in 2005, holding his first solo exhibition in 2003.

Proudly Australian with home base and studio in Mandurah W.A., Leon is instantly recognizable in his trademark Akubra hat. He has a natural affinity with the Australian landscape and has travelled and painted widely within his homeland, capturing the diversity of the land on canvas. Leon's experimental and risk-taking approach gives his works a unique dynamic and an adventurous touch, capturing the essence of the natural light while telling a story of a moment in life.