Tessa Holmes was born in Kent, grew up on Romney Marsh and moved to London in 1975.
Her art practice started when she was in her mid thirties. In 1996 she completed a BA in Fine and Applied Art at Sir John Cass (now London Metropolitan University) and went on to study an MFA in printmaking at the Slade School of Fine Art, where she successfully graduated in 1998.
She taught printmaking for twelve years at the London College of Communication, teaching Book Arts and Graphic Design students. She was also a Senior Lecturer in Personal and Professional Development at Camberwell College.
Her work is exhibited both in the UK and abroad (Rome and St Petersberg), and she has work is in a number of public collections including: The Government Art Collection, Ernst and Young, Bank of England and Manchester Metropolitan University. She was awarded the Curwin Print Studio Prize at the Originals 2009 print exhibition (Mall Galleries).
Primarily a printmaker, Tessa has recently broadened her practice to include simple animation and small sculptural pieces - 'wiromals - which she describes as 'wire drawings'. She has a studio in Forest Hill, SE London - and is a regular visitor to her old home territory of Romney Marsh.