Fred Holman started painting in 2005. What began as an interest in refining his drawing skills turned into a passion for exploring the joys of nature and the challenge of the inanimate objects through painting. He is a Landscape Architect and Planner by profession, so the outdoors and creating beautiful, functional spaces have been part of his life for over 40 years. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design Painting and Drawing Certificate Program in 2007, Fred obtained the knowledge needed to use his natural talent in his paintings. He has explored many mediums, but today oil is his preferred medium to paint still life, portraits or landscapes. While Fred is known as a plein air painter, he also works in his studio located on the Schroon River in Brant Lake, New York.
“I work primarily as an oil painter although I also dabble in other mediums and in sculpture. I enjoy painting space and light. I am successful if someone feels they can walk into my painting. I usually start by painting outside (plein air). If I particularly like them, I may take notes and photographs of the view and bring those paintings into my studio and paint larger versions them. I also paint figures from photographs. I draw from life to understand the human figure to express the form in my paintings. My still-lifes are composed in my studio or in another setting.”