Catherine Holland Art

As a child I loved to draw and paint. I took art at school enabled by my art teacher, Mr Roper, who offered to teach me GCSE in the lunch hour because the timetables clashed. I am forever grateful to him for that. Then I did A level, and would have loved to go to art college, but my C grade was disappointing so I didn’t think I was good enough. I have drawn every greetings card through my life, well almost, Christmas cards were lino prints. My brother had bikes, and I helped him with fixing them, and got a ride on the back in exchange. I rode pushbikes and horses then.

I married and raised a family, sometimes they were the subject of my drawings, notably an A1 watercolour of my daughter aged about 10 from behind in her favourite pose in the garden, and my son an A2 in oil pastels, then a baby, who fell asleep on the floor naked on a hot summer day. Mostly I drew small botanical pictures when I was frustrated about my relationship, but too scared to leave. There were dozens of those!

Much later when I had found a way to feel independent (Rebirthing Breathwork) I went on to study an HND in fashion design, really enjoying the whole broad experience from concept to catwalk. I took up graphic design as a result of being introduced to CAAD during this course. While working in a graphic design studio, I decided to buy a motorbike and learn to ride. A big accident a few weeks later (leg crushed by a drunk driver, the subject of a book I’ve written) resulted in many decisions including training to run a pain clinic, and taking my bike test (as soon as I could, 2 years’ later) on a much bigger bike, so I could get out of any tricky situation in the future.

I met my new man while recuperating and was inspired by him to upgrade to a Ducati 916, iconic and graceful thoroughbred of the motorcycle world. I rode many miles on this beautiful beast, loping along at high speed, with utmost joy. I call these bikes rocket angels. We took a trip to Poland on our bikes, and this is pictured on the front of the book Indestructible Soul: How I decided not to die, one of my favourite moments in the Tatra Mountains.

Recently I have been working through a habit throughout my life of letting other people, particularly experts, dictate against my better judgement. After some of these lessons I realised that I really wanted to express my drawing. I played with oil pastels and learned some helpful techniques, drawing from imagination, finally feeling I’d found my medium. Now I find myself drawn to expressing my love of big twins on a larger scale at A2. I currently have a Honda Firestorm, very reminiscent of the Ducati 916, and the opportunity to draw 2 Troy Bayliss replicas, the 998 and 1098R (which I delivered to its new owner by riding it across Europe) which I am loving!

And an added paragraph about the latest evolution. I have been asked to create a Quaker Celebration of Marriage Certificate by a friend who knows my art expertise, but did not realise that I do calligraphy too. This has led to a rekindling of my love of calligraphy, and an opportunity to combine it with my passion for botanical and other art. hence the calligraphy pages, dedicated to Family Celebration Calligraphy.


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My Firestorm, Honda VTR 1000cc

Read my book As Colourful as I am: the power of colour, expression and self acceptance

About me ©2019 Catherine Holland, UK. All Rights Reserved. Qualified Holistic Rebirthing Insitute 1995, Solihull College Fashion HND 1996, Northern Institute 2002