'Watermarks' examines the bond between sky and water; at times the two elements merge as one, on other occasions their colours and forms reflect and imitate. Clyde Holmes’ style of landscape paintings focuses on the qualities of light and darkness and the relationship between sky and land; the traditional landscape view is sometimes cropped and aspects zoomed in on to explore their abstract potential.
"The clouds in the lakes are like icebergs – they have an icebergish shape and quality as if changing from cloud to ice in the water. The other curious aspect is the cubistic shapes the cloud reflections take on.” (from C. Holmes’s Finland journal)
Getting an understanding of the cloud formations – they come and go in a completely different way to Wales – a thin bank of cloud will build and then just melt away or break up into pieces rather like a jigsaw with the pale blue in between. This gives the unique quality of cloud formations in the water and also the distinctive style of Kallela’s late paintings. He just painted what he saw here with his heightened awareness of patterns on the surface.” (C. Holmes reflecting on the work of Finnish artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela)