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Deeply rooted in mud yet producing blossoms of fleeting and exquisite beauty, the lotus is a metaphor for hope and compassion.

Photographing lotus is both my daily tool for mediation and an artistic challenge. I’m inspired by the natural play of light and form within the pond where unseen moments and moods of the lotus’ life cycle are revealed.

My wish is that these images inspire you to take a moment to pause and reflect on your own journey.

Nan Holmes


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Nan Holmes lives on the island of Oahu.  She is a self-taught photographer and has enjoyed photography since she was a child.  Following careers in public health and organizational consulting she began painting in 1984 and in 1987 founded PlayWorks®, an art studio focusing on process painting, free expression and sandplay for adults and children.

Artist's Statement:

For me, healing of mind, body and soul is a journey, not a destination. I strive to infuse my work with the transformational power of spirit.  The process of creation in artwork is my way to inspire and heal myself and others.

Art Resume


Solo Exhibition, “In Honor of Compassion,” Invitational show:
Academy Art Center at Linekona, Honolulu Academy of Art, Honolulu, HI. 2007.

Featured in conjunction with coverage of a visit by His Holiness The Dalai Lama: The Honolulu Advertiser, Art Scene,  “A Hand, Your Hand, My Heart,” by David Goldberg. April 22, 2007.

Some of these works were also shown in the following gallery exhibitions, along with additional works of a similar theme:               

First Friday, Balcony Gallery at the Hawaii Times Bldg., Honolulu, HI. 2008.

Forgiveness Project Show, “Offerings to Forgiveness,” Honolulu, HI. 2007.  Silver Medal

Featured in the book ‘Gallery of Forgiveness Arts: Images and poetry from the Forgiveness Project, 2005-2008,’ © 2008, The Forgiveness Project, edited by Michael North.

“In Honor of Compassion mini-exhibition,” Solo Exhibition, The American Institute of Massage Therapy, Kailua, HI. 2007.

“Healing Passages & Gestures,” Louis Pohl Gallery, Honolulu, HI.2005.


Invitational Group Shows:

“Transformation of a Model: Celebration of 30 Years as an Artist Model,” Crolie Rashmi Pierce, Louis Pohl Gallery, Honolulu, HI., 2005.

Rashmi was the model for all the work in the show, was represented as an artist in her own right, and invited the artists to join the show. Mainland artists including Philip Pearlstein, Harvey Dinnerstein, Margaret Keelan, Sylvia Sleigh and William Carter were featured along with selected Hawaii artists.

Punahou Carnival Art Gallery, Punahou School, Honolulu, HI. 2007

“Geckos in Paradise, Miniatures,” fund raiser for Kapi’olani Breast Center, The Pacific Club, Honolulu, HI., 2004.

“The Vagina Monologues, V-Day 2001, A Staged Reading of Eve Ensler’s monologues with projected art images, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI., 2001.

“A Brush with the Soul,” PlayWorks® Studio Group Show, Hawaii Pacific University Art Gallery, Kailua, HI. 2000.

Featured in Kalamalama, (Hawaii Pacific University Newspaper), “Brush with Soul: An Eerie Mixture of Dreams, Nightmares,”  by cc Vasileva, arts & entertainment editor, 2000.


Balcony Gallery Exhibits, invited artists, Kailua, HI.

“Out of the Sketchbook 2,” 2006.

“Out of the Sketchbook,” 2005.

Juried Shows:

Hawaii Watercolor Society 26th Annual Membership Show, Honolulu, HI.
Juror Lynn Shue, Director, Village Galleries, Maui. 1988.

Hawaii Watercolor Society 25th Annual Open Exhibit, Honolulu, HI.
Juror Barbara Nechis, AWS. 1987.

Solo Exhibits, On Balance Pilates Studio, Kailua, HI.

“Figure Drawings by Nan,” 2006 to present.

“Nan’s PlayWorks® Art,” 2003.


Video and Audio Productions:

“If I Were an Artist,” CD of song. Author and Producer, Nan Holmes, Composer/Arranger, Hilary Henshaw, Sequenced Arrangement, Jeffry Leask, Performers—Hilary Henshaw, Kate Spruce, Leon Thomas, Warwick Thomas, and Jeffrey Leask. © 2002

“The Healing Power of Creativity,” video written by Nan Holmes and Charles Berkstresser, Produced by Nan Holmes, Directed by Nan Holmes & Andy Montague, length 1 hour. © 1998

“PlayWorks® in Review,” video Produced by Nan Holmes, Directed by Diva Magpayo, Edited by Andy Montague & John Lewis, length 15 minutes. © 1994


TV and Video Coverage:

Featured in “Art as Therapy,” viewed at the University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI. Shown again on Olel’o, The Corporation for Community Television, channel 52, Honolulu, HI. DVD produced by Paul Hosch and Kathy Ota, ©2006.

Hawai’i Public Television series, “The Breaks,” segment on Creativity. Honolulu, HI., 1993.


Other Newspaper & Magazine Articles:

“Best of da Best,” Honolulu Weekly, Editor’s Pick, Honolulu, HI. 2000.

“Best Grown-Up Recess,” by editors of Honolulu Magazine, Honolulu Magazine. Honolulu, HI. 1998.


Purchased art in private and corporate collections:

            USA, Mainland and Hawaii; Australia; New Zealand.


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