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Having lived most of his life in the North East, David Holliday paints his original watercolours and makes limited edition prints from his studio at the Hearth Arts Centre in the Tyne Valley.

A professional artist for over 20 years he paints in a distinctive, bold style, applying vivid colours, watery brush strokes and intricate details to areas of interest…

“My work flow involves firstly taking photographic reference on location. Using the photos, I then do several small, fast paintings to get the colours right and to get a feel for how the final painting will look. Next, I do a very detailed drawing which I use as the bones for the final painting.  When using watercolours, I am never 100% in control of the outcome due to the fluid nature of the paint, for me this is part of the appeal.” 

“My work is inspired by the urban landscape, by wildlife, and by the rugged, natural landscapes that are unique to the North East. I love the old architecture and bridges which are situated in and around  Newcastle Quayside. In particular, I enjoyed drawing and painting the inside of The High Level bridge which is featured in my painting ‘ Arches of Iron’. “

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