HOLMES, Linda Ruth

1950 - 2015

Linda Holmes

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. Linda was educated at Weston-super-Mere Grammar School and at Newnham College, Cambridge and she married at Weston-super-Mere in 1971, Stephen H. Alexander. Linda Alexander trained as a journalist with the BBC, and it was at the BBC that she met her second husband David Richard Holmes (c1928-5 January 2014), who was a political editor and whom she married in 1979 and Linda went on to host 'Newsnight' from 1980 until 1983. On her husband's retirement, the couple retired from London to 5 Salters Lane, Walpole, Suffolk, and in 1989 Linda studied wood engraving at the Camberwell School of Arts & Crafts Summer School under Simon Brett (born 1943) and Yvonne Skargon. She started 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 put together an exhibition of prints from wood engravings at Saxmundham High Streetís Ephemeral Gallery, owned by Ruth Purchase. Linda Ruth Holmes died of pancreatic cancer on 2 February 2015, aged 65, her husband had died the previous year.

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