HOLMES, Linda Ruth

1950 - 2015

As Linda Ruth Kirk, she was born at Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire on 5 June 1950, daughter of George L. Kirk and his wife née Halls. Educated at Weston-super-Mere Grammar School and studied at Newnham College, Cambridge and in 1989 Camberwell College of Art Summer School to study wood engraving under Simon Brett (born 1943) and Yvonne Skargon [q.v.]. She trained as a journalist with the BBC and went on to host 'Newsnight' from 1980 to 1983 and it was at the BBC that she met her future husband David Holmes, who was a political editor, and on his retirement in 1981, the couple retired from London to 5 Salters Lane, Walpole, Suffolk. She would later start to build a reputation as a printmaker, exhibiting in Europe and the USA, before adding oil painting to her artistic skill in 2007. Her engraving experience allowed her to make swift progress in classes at the Theberton studio of portrait painter, Jack Stephenson – her tutor and friend, who has put together the exhibition of prints from wood engravings at Saxmundham High Street’s Ephemeral Gallery, owned by Ruth Purchase. Linda Holmes died of pancreatic cancer in February 2015, aged 65, a year after the death of her husband.

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