Holly Richards in Nara, Japan

About the Artist

Hello!  My name is Holly, and I'm from Southampton in the South of England. 

I take inspiration for my work from nature, fantasy/mythology and travelling.  I mostly work in traditional media - pen and ink and watercolours, though I often switch up my materials to try something new.

I studied Illustration at Falmouth University in Cornwall. After graduating I moved back to Southampton to be closer to my family and the New Forest, a place that has inspired me since I was a child.

In 2019 I took a trip to Japan that continues to inspire me and made me fall in love with a culture and country that I have always admired. 

I believe art is something that is continuously evolving, developing and informed from passion and experience which makes it a lifelong love and pursuit of mine. 

Photograph by Josh Smith