Permission to paint

Kathryn (also known as Katy Holford or Kathryn M Holford) was born in Fen Ditton, Cambridge, in 1962. Kathryn trained at The Royal College of Art and had a successful career as a glass designer and sculptor for over thirty years.

Kathryn's fine art is represented by the
Fen Ditton Gallery,
23 High Street, Fen Ditton,
Cambridge CB5 8ST UK.


Preview on 7th March 2024 / opening on 9th March 2024 until 1st April 2024 (Easter Monday).

This definitive exhibition will focus on both Kathryn's fine art and high-profile career in glass design and sculpture. Please subscribe to the mailing list to ensure you do not miss out.

Glass crystal bottles by Katy Holford

If you would like to reference glass design, please visit Katy Holford

Kathryn came to painting late in her creative life. In 2017, she moved to France with her partner and dedicated herself to this new direction. Inspired by the local landscape and culture, Kathryn developed a series of paintings referencing her emotional and spiritual responses to this beautiful area.

On her return to Cambridgeshire in 2020, she continued to develop her painting practice in response to the landscape and flora of her birthplace (Fen Ditton). She worked from a studio hidden in her wild English garden and, through her painting, discovered the secrets of the garden and the varied landscapes of Cambridgeshire.

Sadly, Kathryn, aged 60, passed away on 4 March 2023.

© Kathryn M Holford, 2023

Towards Heaven, Kathryn M Holford

Towards Heaven
2021 | Kathryn M Holford
30 x 30cm
Oil on deep canvas
Shortlisted for the Sir John Hurt Art Prize 2022