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Rachel Holmes the South Coast Castaway 

Rachel is an artist who originally hails from the Derbyshire Dales, born in Bakewell and now castaway south on the farthest edge of England. Rachel swapped the Peak District National Park for the South Downs and now lives in the  seaside town of Eastbourne.  These two beautiful parts of the world play a huge part in Rachel's work as an artist.

Rachel lives at the foot of the South Downs, just a brief walk to iconic places such as Beachy Head, Birling Gap and the Cuckmere Haven with its view of the Seven Sisters cliffs.  Rachel has explored painting this view many times, capturing its beauty in stripped back simple cliffs, or the sunset when the soft warm light reflects  best off the chalk faces.  These paintings can be viewed in her Seven Sisters Collection.

Rachel's innate connection to nature has led her to explore the forests close to where she lives, and this has led to the woodland series of animal paintings, celebrating the creatures found within. 


In addition to her painting, Rachel is also well known for her wood art.  Her characterful wooden dogs have sold all over the world.  Rachel's love and understanding of character and movement shine through in these beautiful sculptures. She also undertakes portrait commissions. Please contact her for details.

As a Forest School teacher for over 10 years, Rachel also delivers inspiring Woodland Workshops. On one of her courses you will take a humble resource and turn it into something beautiful. The woodland setting, open fire and mindfulness of tasks make for a wonderful, immersive experience.  Book onto one of her woodwork, pottery or weaving workshops through this website or contact Rachel direct to arrange a bespoke session for any occasion.

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