Leon Holmes is an award-winning Australian artist, lecturer and ambassador of Plein Air (outdoor) painting, specialised in the medium oil. Born and raised in Perth, Western Australia, Leon gained experience in a wide range of artistic fields, including Printmaking, Graphic design, Art Direction, Illustration and Photography, before becoming a full- time artist and instructor in 2005, holding his first solo exhibition in 2003. Leon is a proud ambassador for world leading art companies Michael Harding Oil Paints and Rosemary and Co. Brushes since 2014. Having spent a number of years in Europe refining his skills and networking with other artists, Leon today is highly respected and regularly invited to display his work and teach at high-profile international art events in the USA, Holland, the UK, Greece and Poland. His proactive approach to painting has earned him numerous accolades. Recent to note, the acquisition of one of his paintings by the Katwijk Museum (Holland), Best In Show at the 2017 Maui Plein Air invitational (Hawaii) and Winner of the Quick Draw and Bronze Award at the 2017 Art in the Open (Ireland). Leon has been twice a finalist for the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture (Australia) and his paintings have been exhibited around the world and showcased in international corporate and personal collections.