Biographies > Elizabeth Holmes

Click to enlarge photo.Elizabeth Holmes says that drawing and collage were her favoured media (Collage in the TAG collection), but she has also branched out into mixed media and watercolour. In addition to visual arts she weaves and does basketry. In an interview published for the NOAA 50th anniversary, she said that she now wanted to focus on exploring drawing and painting in earnest.

Elizabeth is originally from British Columbia, but has spent most of her life in northern Ontario – first in Schumacher, then Noranda, back to Porcupine area, and finally to Sudbury where she now resides. In all these places from a teenager onwards, she has been involved with the local art communities, taking courses and participating in and supporting local art programmes. She was director of the NOAA for many years and is a regular at the Cobalt Artists’ Colony. In Sudbury she actively supports the Art Gallery of Sudbury and is a member of the Sudbury Craft and Arts Foundation, the Sudbury Art Club and the Weavers’ Guild. She has contributed work to many group exhibitions and won several awards. 1

Being an artist in northern Ontario. I am influenced by the northern ruins, the changing communities, and chance to access old mine sites. Important is the clarity of the atmosphere, the variety of landscape such as the rugged French River, Temagami, the farmland and Lake Superior drama. There is a certain roughness and bleakness to contend with.

1 For further details see D. Green, A Portrait. 50 years in the making, A History of the Northern Ontario Art Association, 2009