About - tifholmes


Tif Holmes is a photographic artist based in Lubbock, Texas. She has more than twenty years of experience working in the performing arts as a musician and educator and more than ten years behind the camera. Her work has appeared in juried exhibitions at The Buddy Holly Center and 5 & J Studios in Lubbock, Texas, the Mid-America Arts Alliance in Kansas City, Missouri, Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City, Indiana, Las Lagunas Gallery in Laguna Beach, California, and as cover art published by Oxford University Press, Hal Leonard Corporation, Eastern Kentucky University, and Texas Tech University, among others. She is founder and director of Engage the Light, a community organization that began as a series of expressive photography workshops for veterans in the Lubbock area and has expanded to include an online community of individuals who use photography as a means to engage one another and the world with compassion and creativity (available online via Patreon). She has worked extensively with the veteran community and has been invited to speak at events hosted by organizations for women, veterans, and healthcare professionals about the effectiveness of photography as a tool for communication and healing. She is an avid backpacker, wilderness guru, dog lover, and eternally enthusiastic explorer of wild places.


As a photographic artist, I create images that express the essence of people, places, and ideas. At the heart of this expression is connection. I strive to develop honest and deep connections with my subjects, whether human or nonhuman, and create images that reveal a deeper awareness of The Human and The Wild, and the interconnections between them.


TIF HOLMES, b. 1976


2017     Photography as Art, workshop with Art Wolfe, Austin, TX

2016     Creative Processing, workshop with Guy Tal, Moab, UT

2012-2014    Miksang Contemplative Photography Workshops, Levels I-III, Austin, TX

2009     D.M.A. in performance, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

2001     M.M. in performance, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

1998     B.S. in music, Peru State College, Peru, NE


2015     Provoc8, 5 & J Studios, Lubbock, TX

2014     Art of Dance, Las Lagunas Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

2013     Citizen-Soldier-Artist, Mid-American Arts Alliance, Kansas City, MO

2013     Illuminance, Buddy Holly Center, Lubbock, TX

2013     Citizen-Soldier-Citizen, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, IN


• Mariani, Angela. "Improvisation and Inventio in the Performance of Medieval Music: A Practical Approach," cover, Oxford University Press, 2017

• Martin, Travis L. "A Theory of Veteran Identity," doctoral dissertation, University of Kentucky, 2017, p. 282-285

• Landes, Roger, "Irish Bouzouki Method," cover & instructional photos, Hal Leonard Corporation, 2014

• Hodgins, James, "Practicing Yoga and Music," Ampersand Magazine, Texas Tech University College of Visual & Performing Arts, Fall/Winter 2015, p. 10

• The Blue Falcon Review, cover, Volume 2, 2015, www.militaryexperience.org

• O'Hara, Christianne. "How the Arts Can Help Veterans," Combat Stress Magazine, Volume 3, Number 1 February 2014, p. 8-9, 32-33, www.stress.org

• Rhoades, Abi, "The Vernacular Music Center: Living in the World of Music," Ampersand Magazine, Texas Tech University College of Visual & Performing Arts, Fall/Winter 2014, p. 5-7

• The Blue Falcon Review, cover, Volume 1, November 2013, www.militaryexperience.org

• The Journal of Military Experience, Volume III, 2013, p. 252-253, www.militaryexperience.org 

• The Journal of Military Experience, Volume II, 2012, p. 291-292, www.militaryexperience.org

• Covington, P.W. (editor), Buddhist Teachings, cover, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012

• Inada, Carlos (editor), Dharma/Arte Brazil, 2011 (no longer available)


2016     The Living Song Project, project art, www.livingsongproject.com

2014     As You Were: The Military Review, magazine logo, www.militaryexperience.org

2014     Sean Kennedy, performance art, Texas Tech University School of Music doctoral recital


2014-present     Engage the Light Expressive Photography Workshops, Lubbock, TX (and online)

Dec 2016     "Healing Arts Day," Contemplative Photography Presentation. Integrative, Complementary & Alternative Medicine, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

Nov 2016     "Photography as a Tool for Communication, Camaraderie, and Healing," panel discussion. Texas Women Veterans Roll Call, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

Nov 2016     "Art, Recovery, and Multi-modal Means to Enhance Functionality," presentation. Arts Innovation & Medicine, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

May 2015     "Found Words: Communicating Traumatic Experience Through Photography," presentation. Military Experience and the Arts, MEA2 Symposium, Cameron University, Lawton, OK


2014-2016    Director of Art, Military Experience and the Arts, www.militaryexperience.org

May 2015     "Portraits for Veterans" community outreach event, MEA2 Symposium, Cameron University, Lawton, OK

Nov 2014     "Portraits for Veterans" community outreach event, Prosperity Bank, Lubbock, TX


2005-2013     United States Army, Honorable Discharge (E-6/SSG)

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