Richard Holland Landscape Artist Regular Leisure Painter article contributor I have had an interest in art since primary school, and probably inherited this from my father’s artistic talents. Although missing out getting into Art College from school, I started painting watercolours avidly in my early twenty’s. In 1999, I started an A level Art Course at Patching Art Centre under the instruction of Liz Wood. On achieving my A level in 2001, Liz persuaded me to join her Painting with Oils Group and she has given me constant support throughout ever since. Having attended these classes during the last nine years I have started to steadily build up a large collection of oil paintings along with my original watercolours. Most of my paintings during the last eight years have been created using sketches and photographs I have taken on location. I have also started to create oil and watercolour sketches on location, from which I can then go on to create larger works. I worked, teaching at West Nottinghamshire College for eleven years in the area of Information Technology but was made redundant 10 years ago. After this i set up six weekly classes up, three watercolours and three oil classes. These classes are still running ten years later, and still full with waiting lists.. I completed a BA with honours degree in Art History years ago with the intention of improving my background knowledge of art generally and along with my teaching qualifications and experience I would like to eventually completely go it alone with my independent art class’s demonstrations all around the country and workshops locally. . My future ambitions are to get to the highest level i possibly can with my painting, mainly in oil but watercolour as well, Guidance over the years from Liz Wood at Patching, Professional artists Carol Hill RBSA, and David Curtis RA and inspiration for artists such as Kurt Jackson. .