Welcome to
Carver House Studio.

Nestled in West Grey County, artist José Holman’s Carver House Studio is home to where she designs and crafts one of kind creations for the home, personal treasures or family heirlooms. Jose’s mediums include a wide range of painting (oil, acrylic and water colour), scratch art, jewelry and stained glass.

Studio Hours: Carver House Studio is open Thursday - Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm or by appointment.

Peggy's Cove Harbour

“Peggy's Cove Harbour”


“Art is working with ordinary materials and creating something special and extraordinary.”


I was born in Wavre, Belgium and moved to Canada at the age of ten. As a youth, my artistic ability was fostered through my love of Disney characters.

As a young adult, my husband and I moved frequently throughout Alberta and Manitoba living in many rural and isolated communities in northern Canada. Specifically, my creativity was inspired by the raw beauty of Lake Athabasca and the abundant wildlife of the Wood Buffalo National Park while living in Fort Chipewyan in northern Alberta. I also received inspiration through my extensive travels throughout Canada, including the far north, USA, Central and South America, Europe, Scandinavia and Asia.

One of my particular passions is eastern Canada and the many seascapes which encompass the region. I was involved in the memorial ceremony for the crash of Swiss Air Flight #111 near Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia in 1998. This experience moved me deeply and the themes of water, rocks, storms and eastern seascapes are evident in many of my earlier paintings.

My mediums include acrylics, watercolour, scratch art and ink. Trained at the Cartagena, Columbia Caribbean School of Jewelry, I also create beautiful one of kind and unique jewelry and stained glass treasures. My art is displayed nationally through commission sales and participation with various foundations and organizations such as Duck's Unlimited.

I work from my studio on our acreage near Varney, Ontario in West Grey County. I live with my husband and our best friend Carver (Weimaraner). We have two daughters and four granddaughters.

If you are interested in purchasing a piece of art or jewelry, drop by my studio or contact me if you would like to discuss a commissioned work of art. It would be my honour and pleasure to work with you to create a family heirloom.


“Carver – my best friend and companion.”


Carver House Studio was created in 2011 and is quickly becoming a popular choice for artistic creations in Grey Bruce and Southern Ontario. The history of its name (Carver House) stems from my deep love for my best friend and companion, Carver, a 6 year old Weimaraner rescue dog.

I saved Carver from an abusive situation in Vancouver, British Columbia and re-homed him to Ontario in 2008. Malnourished and with severe anxiety issues, I nursed him to health both physically and emotionally and our home has become Carver’s house. Today, Carver is a happy and healthy addition to the family and loves to welcome visitors to his name sake, Carver House Studio.



“African Elephant”


Upcoming events and courses will be posted when the dates are finalized. So please visit my website frequently, or follow Carver House Studio on Facebook!

Saugeen Artists

Jose is a member of the Saugeen Artists. Visit their website at www.saugeenartists.ca

Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts

Jose is a member of the Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts. Visit their website at www.bmfa.ca.

Owen Sound 2015 Art Banner Annual Street Exhibition

One of Jose's paintings was selected as a 2015 Art Banner winner and is proudly displayed at the Owen Sound water front. Visit Caver House Studio facebook for pictures.

The Art Map - 5th Annual Fall Open Studio Weekend

Caver House Studio will be open to the public on October 2, 3 & 4, 2015 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily. Liz Pybus, floor cloth and water colour artist will be a guest artist at Carver House Studio. Drop by, have a tour and join Jose and her guest artist for a coffee.  For more information visit www.theartmap.com.

Art in the Algarve, Portugal 

In October, 2015 Jose will be travelling to Portugal to attend an international college water colour course in Olhao, Portugal. 

Saugeen Artists Christmas Store - Coming to Hanover on November 1st, 2015!!  Visit this site for further details!  

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Art Classes

Throughout the year I host a number of “learn with José” courses. So please visit my website frequently or follow Carver House Studio on Facebook!

Private Lessons

I also offer one-on-one individualized coaching sessions. Please don’t hesitate to contact me for further information and pricing.