Barry Holiday was born in Lancashire in 1941.
His love of wildlife started at an early age looking for bird nests and fishing.
Both he and his brother would often bring home young birds and animals that were mostly kept as pets, owls magpies, jackdaws, and crows all found their way into the Holiday household.
But it was in 1953 that his interest in falconry started when he took his first sparrowhawk and from then to the present day there have not been many years when he has been without a bird of prey, he is passionate about this field sport.
He moved to Scotland in 1967 and took a position with the Forestry Commission as a forest ranger until he retired in 2001.
From August to the end of January, weather permitting, he flies his peregrine falcon (Lizzie Bennett) every day.
He started to paint wildlife in his twenties and is completely self-taught – it was hard work to find the different techniques and he is still finding ways to improve. He paints in both oil and acrylic. Even during the flying season he still finds time to turn out a few paintings, some of his work can take a few days, some a few weeks it all depends on the subject, detail and size.
Not all large paintings take weeks, if its big sky landscapes with no close up detail and things go well, they can be finished in a few days but things don’t always go well… Especially during the time when his wife went through an infection inside her right breast, he was always by her side, and didn’t really have any time to paint.